The Rebels were gone, finished, done for… Now, where have we heard that before?
Limerick were heavily fancied going into their weekend meeting with John Meyler’s side. Not only were the All-Ireland champions making their 2019 bow in front a boisterous home crowd at the Gaelic Ground but Cork were put to the sword by Tipperary a week previous in a performance that left a lot of fans despondent.
As it turned out, the Rebel men downed the Treaty men and done it convincingly with seven points to spare come the end.
Cork stood up on the day and had stand-out performers all over the pitch. Patrick Horgan was his usual self, chipping in with 1-9 for the Rebels, scoring a crucial goal also when the game was in the melting point while Seamus Harnedy and Daniel Kearney chipped in with 0-4 each.
Further back, Mark Coleman, alongside the perfectly balanced midfield duo of Bill Cooper and Darragh Fitzgibbon, covered a tonne of ground and provided the launchpad for a number of Cork attacks.
However, the one man grabbing all the headlines following Cork’s win was Alan Cadogan.
Cadogan was originally named among the Cork substitutes only to be introduced after five minutes when Conor Lehane was called ashore with an injury. It was a huge blow so early in the game but as it transpired the younger Cadogan brother was a more than able replacement to bring on, scoring 0-3 from play.
The Douglas man is our focus on this week’s edition of Spotlight.
Cadogan entered the fray after five minutes following Lehane’s injury and immediately took up residence in the corner. A ball of energy on his first championship appearance in nearly two years, it took three minutes to get him on the ball but it was worth the wait.
Mark Coleman races out of the defence before playing an inch-perfect pass towards the wing where Cadogan makes his run, ably tracked by All-Star corner-back, Sean Finn.
Cadogan turns on a sixpence, attempting to beat Finn down the touchline before opting to cut back inside.
He loses possession momentarily but regathers to send it between the sticks and put Cork in front with his first play of the game.
Cadogan has to wait until the start of the second half to get his next score and it comes via the way of old-fashioned route one hurling.
The play starts with an Anthony Nash puck-out following an unsuccessful sideline-cut from Limerick.
As he had done time and time again, Nash send the ball down on top of Cadogan. Just a minute prior to this score Nash sent one on top of Cadogan who showed excellent skill before off-loading to Luke Meade who notched a point.
This time Cadogan turns and takes it on himself.
He does well to create space for himself before firing over the bar.
Cadogan’s final point was probably the pick of the bunch.
Christopher Joyce, mere seconds after being introduced sends a long, diagonal ball into the corner. Cadogan seems to lose control before regathering, steadying himself and shooting over the bar from out near the sideline as Finn rushes in.
A perfect return for the Douglas man. Cork are up and running. It’ll take a fine team to stop the two-in-a-row Munster Champions.