Jackie Tyrrell: Cork can face down Waterford challenge a second time

Leaders like Anthony Nash, Mark Ellis and Conor Lehane can carry them through

Cork’s  Stephen McDonnell and Damien Cahalane in action against Waterford’s  Shane Bennett. Photograph: Oisín Keniry/Ippho

Cork’s Stephen McDonnell and Damien Cahalane in action against Waterford’s Shane Bennett. Photograph: Oisín Keniry/Ippho

Cork face a unique challenge on Sunday. They are going into an All-Ireland semi-final knowing the only thing that stands between them and the final is a team they’ve already beaten. Eight weeks ago, they stormed into Thurles and ruined Waterford’s day with a great performance. But now they have to do it again or their season will have been ultimately unsatisfying.

The mental challenge here is really tough. In 2013, Cork beat Clare in Munster but lost the All-Ireland final to the same team after a replay. The drawn game that day came down to tiny margins and the replay was the Shane O’Donnell show. Ultimately, the Clare challenge in September was different to what it had been in June and Cork weren’t able to rise to it accordingly.

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