Personally I’m really looking forward to this game. These two sides have thrown up some really entertaining contests over the past ten years. I think this weekends one is quite difficult to call with it being such an unusual championship. It’s hard to gauge either teams real form and decipher who’s heading into the final in a better position.
From a Cork perspective it’s been unspectacular in the last 2 games (excluding the Cavan one). The O’Sullivans are key players and central to all we do well going forward and Finn is a sharp shooter who will need minding and Noonan can be deadly with only half a chance. A big boost is having Phelan back at 3 after her stepping aside last year. I’m not sure if she’s back to 2018 form yet though having damaged her cruciate in the spring. We have a litany of forward options on the bench, many of whom have multiple minor all irelands in their back pockets but haven’t tasted success at senior level. O’Shea who I expect to start at wing back is still in school. On the other hand you’ve the O’Sullivans with 13 all Ireland medals between them. Overall this is a relatively inexperienced Cork team though.
Dublin have now tasted the feeling of success these past three years and have learnt how to win. From what I have seen they seem suspect defensively which is where we should look to expose them especially with the quality of some of our forwards. However at times going forward have looked very slick when fully in motion. I think Davey is central to everything Dublin do well and will need to be watched. Aherne’s fitness is a boost too. I’d imagine the past three weeks have been used to iron over the issues seen in the other games.
I would have Dublin as favourites. On the basis of being reigning champs and how comfortably they looked in last years semi final. Dublin by 4 but hopefully an entertaining game of high quality as the build up has been disappointing at best.