Dejected Cork manager Brian Cuthbert: “Cork were asked to take part in a race on Saturday night from a standing start while their opponents were already sprinting.” Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Cork exit the All-Ireland football championship under a heavy cloud of disappointment and analysis of what is ‘wrong’ with their team. I wasn’t entire(...)

Cork’s Colm O’Neill had a disappointing game in the replayed Munster final against Kerry last Saturday. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho.

If Brian Cuthbert is still trying to figure out why his Cork team have found themselves in this precarious position then he’s not alone. They effec(...)

Eoin Cadogan is named in midfield by Cork manager Brian Cuthbert for Saturday’s qualifier against Kildare. Photograph:   Donall Farmer/Inpho

Cork football manager Brian Cuthbert has made some notable changes to his team for Saturday’s fourth-round qualifier against Kildare in Thurles – in p(...)

Cork’s Kevin O’Driscoll in action against Kerry’s Paul Geaney who returns to the Kingdom’s starting line-up for the replay at Killarney. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Selections are generally an indicator of how teams view replays. The obvious imperative after a draw is to learn from it and improve. A clear sign o(...)

Darragh Ó Sé shadows Graham Canty in the Munster semi-final replay in 2009. It was a game in which Kerry failed to match Cork’s tempo – but they were to regain their momentum in the qualifiers. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan

Replays are all about the head. Kerry and Cork wouldn’t have been able to do a whole pile of innovation between the drawn game and this weekend. Wi(...)

David Moran, centre,  in action for Kerry against Cork in Sunday’s drawn Munster final. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Cork’s dominant second-half showing in last Sunday’s Munster SFC final was largely down to the dismissal of Kerry’s David Moran – but what effect h(...)

Alan O’Connor put in a towering performance in the centre of the pitch  last Sunday and as the game wore on, his self-belief got stronger and stronger. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

It gets harder and harder to know who to believe. Never mind that: it gets harder and harder to be believed, full stop. In the run-up to the Munster f(...)

Kieran Donaghy scores Kerry’s first goal in their drawn Munster Senior Football Championship Final clash with Cork last Sunday. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

A really gripping Munster final in Killarney leaves both Cork and Kerry with everything to play for and a huge number of question marks hanging over b(...)

Kerry’s Jonathon Lyons and Kevin O’Dricoll of Cork at the Munster GAA Football Senior Championship Final in  Fitzgerald Stadium, Killarney. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

It would have been fascinating to hear what Brian Cuthbert and the Cork players might have said in Fitzgerald Stadium had they managed to hold on for (...)

Tomás Ó Sé: “They just seem like a team if you get on top of them very early they’ve no Plan B and they’ll just lie down.” Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Manna from heaven for Brian Cuthbert. The words of no better man than Tomás Ó Sé could be pinned on the wall of the Cork football changing room. A mo(...)