2010 All Ireland Football Final
With just over one week to the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Final 2010, excitement is brewing amongst GAA supporters the length and breadth of the Emerald Isle.
Cork and Down are set to lock horns at Croke Park on Sunday week, after both sides safely negotiated their passage through the semi-final stage. Down have won 5 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship titles, with their last success coming in 1994. Cork go in search of their 7th title this year, the Rebels last lifted the Sam Maguire Cup way back in 1990.
Down manager James McCarten faces an anxious wait to see if his captain, Ambrose Rogers, is fully fit to take part in proceedings. Reports suggest that the midfielder still hasn’t recovered from a knee injury, which forced him to pull out of the semi-final clash against Kildare. Following an impressive individual performance, Ballymartin man Peter Fitzpatrick, who deputised for Rogers, looks set to get the nod again.
Cork boss Conor Counihan is expected to name his team captain, Graham Canty, in the starting fifteen. Canty aggrevated a hamstring injury in Cork’s semi-final match against Dublin and had to be substituted at half-time, however, he is expected to be passed fit for the GAA All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Final.
Double Result: Down/Down 4/1 3pt win
Winning Margin: Down 7-9 points 14/1 1pt win & Down 10-12 points 20/1 1pt win
Cork haven’t been at their free-flowing best during this year’s Championship and they lack leadership, which is slightly worrying, especially against a Down team who specialise in accurate first-time passing and who are ruthless in the final third of the pitch. Down have never lost an All-Ireland Final, which gives them a significant psychological advantage over their opponents. In recent season’s Cork haven’t handled pressure very well and with the attacking trio of John Clarke, Benny Coulter and Marty Clarke expected to breach the Cork defence, back the Ulstermen to run riot!