Cork GAA Action This Weekend
Hurling and Football Preview
The Cork footballers and hurlers are both in action this weekend. The footballers will play on Saturday evening in an important qualifier against Kildare. The Cork hurlers will play Galway in Semple Stadium on Sunday afternoon in the All Ireland Hurling Quarter-Final.
Cork V Kildare
After a disappointing loss to Kerry last Sunday in a replay played in a downpour, Cork find themselves in Round 4 of the qualifiers, where they will meet Kildare this Saturday. Cork only have one week to regroup for what is going to be a tough test against Kildare.
Kildare were knocked out of the Leinster Championship at the semi-final stage, where they lost by 19 points to Dublin. They then went on to beat Offaly and Longford consecutively in the qualifiers. Kildare’s 19 point win over Longford will give them huge confidence going into this weekend’s crucial game.
Cork will be disappointed that they fell short in the Munster Final replay, having nearly gotten over the line in the first game. The rain-drenched game was close up until Colm Cooper scored a game-changing goal in the 2nd half. Cork simply lost any momentum they had and failed to score after the 46th minute. In the end, the final score was 1-11 to 1-06, as Kerry move on directly to the Quarter-Finals on the August bank holiday and Cork will battle again for the third time this month against Kildare this Saturday.
Brian Cuthbert’s team face a tough challenge to recover in 6 days and ready themselves for a tough test against the Lilywhites. Losing provincial finalists don’t have a great record at this stage of the qualifiers and Cork will be hoping they are only the fourth provincial finalists to secure victory after such a short amount of time. The winner of this game will go on to play Dublin in the All Ireland Quarter-Finals, which will be a huge motivation for both teams.
Cork V Galway
After a disappointing campaign in the Munster Championship, the Rebels have bounced back with two consecutive wins over Wexford and Clare in the qualifier rounds. The winning team of this must-win game on Sunday will go on to play either Tipperary or Kilkenny in the All Ireland Semi-Finals in August.
Over a week ago, Cork came through a tough game against Clare. Clare went into the game as marginal favourites. It was a tense game in Thurles with both sides shooting numerous wides throughout. Even though Clare led by 2 points at 5 different times in the game, they failed to ever build on that lead. With 10 minutes to go, Patrick Horgan once again stood up and hit 4 of Cork’s 5 unanswered points to put them 3 points clear as the final whistle blew. The final score was Cork 0-20 Clare 0-17, as Cork saw off the 2013 All Ireland Champions with notable stand out performances from Bill Cooper, Brian Lawton, Seamus Harnedy, Mark Ellis and Patrick Horgan.
Galway are next on the cards for Cork in a Quarter-Final double header this weekend in Thurles. The Tribesmen lost out by 8 points to Kilkenny in the Leinster Final earlier on this month. Kilkenny were always in control and despite mini Galway revivals and Joe Canning scoring an impressive 1-08, they never built the momentum to challenge a very impressive Kilkenny team.
Cork go into the game as narrow favourites and it is sure to be an exciting contest. Galway will be looking to reclaim their pride after their Leinster Final loss and Cork will want to keep the momentum up with a third consecutive win. In a championship where many fans are tipping Kilkenny or Tipperary to win this year’s competition outright, both the Tribesmen and the Leesiders will be hungry to progress and give either of those teams a good game in the Semi-Finals.
It will undoubtedly be another thrilling weekend for Cork GAA and everyone at Chill Insurance will be hoping Cork can win both games this weekend and progress to the Quarter-Finals and Semi-Finals respectively. Don’t forget to use #CorkGAA15 and #RebelRoar during the match to get behind the team on social media.