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Friday 15 December 2017

Attack is the key for Cork

I WILL have the pleasure of attending the Munster Final in Páirc Uí Chaíomh next Sunday with Cork and Kerry once again meeting up in the decider.

It will be the first real test for either side although neither county impressed in their semi-final wins over Tipperary and Clare respectively.

Cork needed Aidan Walsh to come off the bench to help steady the ship against Tipperary and I would imagine he will be needed from the start at the weekend.

I was surprised that Cork struggled that day given that I would have them in the top two or three teams in the country and I would expect them to improve hugely from that performance as they fine-tune their side.

The Rebels have lost quite a number of players since last year and Kerry would be very similar in that regard.

They have suffered a massive transition since losing to Dublin in last year's All-Ireland semi-final and it is strange to see a Kerry line-up without Paul Galvin, Tomás Ó Sé and the injured Colm Cooper.

They will be looking for new players to come in and offer the leadership that those aforementioned three players provided and to make that transition as seamless as possible.

However, the depth of their panel is just not there at the minute and although Paul Geaney impressed the last day, they need a few more like him to be considered genuine contenders.

With so many new personnel involved on both sides, I doubt this match will be taken for granted by either team and there should be a huge amount of intensity attached to the match.

To conclude, I feel Cork are just that bit more settled at present and I doubt they will be blitzed the way they were in last year's corresponding match and with the likes of Colm O'Neill and Brian Hurley in attack, they look primed to atone for last year's defeat.

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