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(...)

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(...)

 Brian Hurley scores a goal past Donegal goalkeepr Michael Boyle in the Allianz Football League semi-final in Croke Park. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

The counties with the biggest boxes to tick after last year meet in tomorrow’s Allianz Football League final in Croke Park. Both Dublin and Cork ha(...)

Jim Gavin accused Cork of defensive tactics. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

The mood is a little uneasy at the moment in the world of football. Last week Croke Park’s financial report for 2014 brought further news of how the b(...)

Cork’s James Loughrey: “Look at Donegal: it takes a year or longer to master a defensive structure. You can’t just suddenly do it.” Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

It was a weekend of decidedly defensive football in the upper reaches of the Allianz Football League. On Saturday evening Dublin certainly weren’t go(...)

Mayo’s Aidan O’Shea tackled by Tomás Clancy, which resulted in the  Cork player receiving a black card. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Mayo 1-19 Cork 2-15Mayo came through this with gasping room only to spare. A game that took a while to ignite developed into a barn-burner by the end,(...)

The Dublin team gather in front of Hill 16. They will be hoping to give their fans plenty to cheer about in tonight’s All-Ireland senior football championship quarter-final against Cork in Croke Park. Photograph:  Morgan Treacy/Inpho

There have been better football championships, plenty of them, in fact. These are oily enough concepts at the best of times but you’ll be hard-pressed(...)

The margin, in the end, was a bit too close for comfort as far as Kerry were concerned and, conversely, left a sense of what might have been for Cork (...)

Kerry’s Colm Cooper celebrates scoring his goal against Cork. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Kerry 1-16 Cork 0-17: It wasn’t quite as convincing as it once threatened to be but Kerry have won back the Munster football title, beating old rivals(...)