Two years ago, Patrick Horgan overtook Christy Ring as Cork’s all-time leading championship scorer and his performance on Sunday only solidified his standing as one of the top three forwards in the game currently.
Horgan registered 3-10 in their quarter-final loss to Kilkenny in Croke Park. The defeat marks the first time in the history of the GAA that Cork have not won an All Ireland in a particular decade and there are now questions as to whether Horgan will retire without a Celtic Cross medal.
Former Cork dual star Brian Corcoran believes certain aspects of Horgan’s game make him an even better hurler than Ring and insists that his legacy won’t be diminished if he doesn’t win an All Ireland title.
“There was a Cork-Waterford charity game there a couple of months ago between the teams of 15/20 years ago. You were dealing with the Waterford lads, the likes of Ken McGrath, Dan Shanahan, Tony Browne and these guys who didn’t win an All-Ireland when they were close so many times.
“Does that affect their legacy or make them lesser hurlers? Looking back on it I don’t think so, they were still great players.
“He’ll be very unfortunate that his career came in that 15 or 16 year period when Cork didn’t win an All Ireland but I think he is without a shadow of a doubt, people talk about Ring – obviously I didn’t see Ring but in terms of artists, stick-work, skill, wrist work – I don’t think there’s been a better Cork hurler than him.
“Does he need an All Ireland to prove that? Obviously, it would be great for his sake but I still think he will go down as one of the best Cork players ever. There are very few guys who can strike a ball as well as Patrick Horgan”, stated Corcoran at the Bord Gáis Energy GAA Hurling U-20 Provincial Championship Finals preview.
Cork’s U20 star Robert Downey described his teammate as an “unbelievable club man” and insisted that Horgan will continue to dedicate himself to the Glen Rovers club.
“You could go down to the Glen field there today and he’d be down there pucking around again and taking frees. He’s brilliant with all the kids in the Glen. Anyone that comes up and asks him for a photograph or autograph he’s more than willing to help you out.
“Anytime I’ve ever had to go and ask him for advice on anything, he’s been brilliant to all of us. He’s an unbelievable club man. He knows that club comes first and when he’s finished up with Cork he’ll go back to the Glen. He knows that too.”