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Staying afloat in the face of Limerick’s sheer physicality was just too much to ask for

Limerick’s Aaron Gillane celebrates his goal at Croke Park on Sunday.  Photograph: Tom Honan

Limerick’s Aaron Gillane celebrates his goal at Croke Park on Sunday. Photograph: Tom Honan

The writing was on the wall at an early stage. We knew that this final was going to be about Limerick because if they brought their best, their A game, Cork wouldn’t be able to live with it because no other county could live with it.

Gearóid Hegarty set the tone with a goal in the second minute, and although the response was commendable and immediate, Shane Kingston’s well-taken goal was already about keeping Cork afloat, and the signs were ominous as early as the opening 10 minutes.

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