The Monday Morning Cheat-Sheet

By Conor Neville
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"Small fish don't get the breaks"

Davy was annoyed after the match yesterday. Cork did seem to benefit from some odd decisions, particularly in the first half.

“A lot of things went on out on the pitch, but I’m just going to leave it be. We have a replay to get ready for in three weeks time. People aren’t blind."


The corner-back and the 28 extra seconds

Cork supporters screamed for the final whistle as the clock ticked past 72 minutes. JBM looked briefly incredulous on the camera before recovering composure.

From the attack, Domhnall O' Donovan, who by all accounts hasn't scored a point since he was U-12, ghosted up the left hand side of the pitch and heaved a heroic shot  over the bar

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Youtube Credit/ Caomhán O'Bolghuídhír

Goalkeeper v Goalkeeper

Anthony Nash could have had a hat-trick yesterday. One free was saved by (a very far advanced) Pa Kelly, the middle one couldn't have been saved by the entire Clare team, their bench and their selectors, and the final one was repelled somehow by combination of Kelly and the crossbar.

There were a couple of grumbles after. Nash's pick-up seems to take in 6 or 7 yards before his strike. And Pa Kelly was standing closer to Nash than the goal line for the first 21

Lucky Shane O'Neill

Shane O'Neill was lucky not to get sent off for whacking a hurley across Darach Honan's neck. Gavin, seeing nothing obviously, did the cliched thing and booked both players. John Greene traces the genesis of yesterday's call back to the Munster Final.


Ireland Gone

Ireland will not be going to Rio next year. A must not lose game was lost in what was ultimately a very "characteristic" performance from Trapattoni's Ireland.



Trap Admits It's Over

Liam Brady confirmed that the manager "knows what the consequences are" after last Friday's result

And Trap acknowledged that "I don't expect, after this campaign, to go again [with Ireland] in the future. Sure, no."



Good start for the provinces

Leinster won handily away against the Scarlets, Munster played well to beat Edinburgh in Musgrave Park, Pat Lam's Connacht reign got off to a ropey but ultimately winning start against Zebre in the Sportsground. Only Ulster were unsuccessful, losing 15 - 8 away to the Dragons.


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And Just Hurling...

Another weekend when hurling supporters are convinced that their sport is the greatest in the world.

After yesterday the dissenters are on the back foot

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