Anthony Nash’s puck-outs were the platform which Cork used to win today’s game.
Cork caused another major upset in Thurles today, beating Waterford on a scoreline of 0-23 to 1-15. The Rebels have enjoyed a remarkable start to the summer, after shocking All-Ireland champions Tipp in their own back yard.
One weapon that Kieran Kingston has used to perfection in the last two games has been Anthony Nash’s puck-outs. The Kanturk shot-stopper has been firing missiles to his teammates, which act as a platform from which to attack.
While the Tipp game saw distribution mainly to the Cork half-forward line, today saw Nash use Mark Coleman several times throughout the first half.
He went long more frequently in the second half, with Seamus Harnedy winning ball in the forwards.
While many would assume this was a tactical decision made on the sideline, it was actually Harnedy who called some of the shots.
“I just said to Nash at half time, would you send one or two down on top of me?” laughed Harnedy, speaking to Pundit Arena after the game.
“Nash is one of the best around. He can throw it short, he can throw it long. He keeps everyone on their toes.
“It was no different. I just wanted to get on one or two myself, so I asked him to send one or two down on top of me.”
It certainly worked, and the Rebels now face Clare in the Munster final.
The Banner’s management team of Donal Maloney and Gerry O’Connor will be thinking hard how to counteract what has been an expert puck-out strategy from Cork.