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LOUTH v CORK: A preview of the intense matchup

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Two teams with a recent run in the Championship, Louth and Cork, meet once again in a highly anticipated encounter. Despite only meeting twice prior to last year, the intensity and competitiveness between these sides has escalated rapidly. Last season Cork emerged victorious by a four-point margin, setting the stage for another exciting battle this year.

Road to Championship 2023

Louth made a solid start to their campaign, securing a hard-fought victory over Westmeath by a scoreline of 2-10 to 1-11 in the Leinster quarter-final. They continued their journey with a gripping clash against Offaly in the semi-final, which ended in a draw in regulation time. Louth’s resilience shone through in extra time as they pulled off a narrow victory with a final score of 0-27 to 2-15. Their journey was halted, however, in the Leinster final by Dublin, who proved too formidable with a dominating performance, resulting in a 5-21 to 0-15 defeat.

Key scorers to watch

Louth possess a diverse attacking force, with Sam Mulroy leading the way as their top scorer. Mulroy has been in fine form, contributing 1-20 to Louth’s tally, including impressive free kicks and penalties.

Ciaran Downey and Conor Grimes have also made important contributions, going 0-8 and 0-6 respectively. Additionally, Liam Jackson, Conor Early and Craig Lennon have shown their scoring prowess, each contributing crucial points.

In the Cork side, Steven Sherlock has been their standout player, topping the goalscoring charts with an impressive 0-10 tally. Sherlock’s accuracy on free kicks and ’45’ has been vital to Cork’s success. Sean Powter, Rory Maguire and Kevin O’Donovan have also made notable contributions, each bringing crucial points to Cork’s cause.

Previous championship meetings

The clash between these teams in the 2022 All-Ireland qualifiers proved to be an intense affair, with Cork emerging victorious by a scoreline of 2-12 to 2-8.

In the 2007 All-Ireland ties Cork also came out on top, securing a narrow 0-16 to 0-14 victory. However, going back as far as 1957, Louth managed to beat Cork in an All-Ireland final by a scoreline of 1-9 to 1-7.

Recent Form and Clash of Styles

Louth’s victory over Cork in their Division 2 clash earlier this year serves as a confidence booster for the team. By finishing third in his group, Louth showed his ability to challenge formidable opponents. They will be looking to capitalize on their previous success and use their tactical approach to gain an advantage over Cork.

Last year’s qualifiers between these teams demonstrated the competitiveness and never-give-up spirit that characterizes their encounters. Despite trailing by six points with just minutes to go, Louth mounted a spirited comeback, cutting the gap to three points. However, Cork’s second goal momentarily shifted the momentum in their favour. Louth responded with a quick own goal, but it wasn’t enough to overcome Cork’s resistance. The final score favored Cork at 2-12 to 2-8.

Anticipation and Expectations

With both teams eager to assert their dominance and progress further in the Championship, the upcoming clash between Louth and Cork promises to be an exciting one. Louth will be looking to replicate their earlier win over Cork and capitalize on their various attacking options. On the other hand, Cork will be looking for redemption and will build on their recent successes to secure a crucial victory. The clash of styles between Louth’s tactical approach and Cork’s resilience and determination adds an extra layer of intrigue to the match.

Louth will enter the game with the belief that they can replicate their previous win over Cork this season. They will look to the scoring prowess of Sam Mulroy to lead their attack, while the likes of Ciaran Downey and Conor Grimes will try to provide support and contribute to the scoring. Louth’s defense will need to be resolute and organized to resist Cork’s offensive threats.

Cork, on the other hand, will draw motivation from their earlier win over Louth in last year’s playoffs. Steven Sherlock will be a key figure in their attack, and his precision on set pieces will play a crucial role. Cork’s defensive unit will be tasked with nullifying attack threats from Louth and ensuring their own objective remains safe.

Starting teams for Louth v Cork

  1. Michael Aodh Martin (Nemo Rangers)
  2. Maurice Shanley (Clonakilty)
  3. Daniel O’Mahony (Knocknagree)
  4. Tommy Walsh (Kantürk)
  5. Lucas Fahy (Ballincollig)
  6. Sean Meehan (Kiskeam)
  7. Matty Taylor (mauve)
  8. Colm O’Callaghan (Éire Óg)
  9. Ian Maguire (Saint Finbarr)
  10. Brian O’Driscoll (Tadhg Mac Carthaigh)
  11. Ruairí Deane (Bantry Blues)
  12. Killian O’Hanlon (Kilshannig)
  13. Sean Powter (Douglas)
  14. Brian Hurley (Castlehaven) Captain
  15. Chris Og Jones (Uibh Laoire)
  16. Patrick Doyle (Knocknagree)
  17. Kevin O’Donovan (Nemo Rangers)
  18. Tom Clancy (Clonakilty)
  19. Cian Kiely (Ballincollig)
  20. Paul Walsh (Kantürk)
  21. Eoghan McSweeney (Knocknagree)
  22. Blake Murphy (St. Vincent)
  23. John O’Rourke (Carbery Rangers)
  24. Mark Cronin (Nemo Rangers)
  25. Steven Sherlock (St. Finbarr’s)
  26. Conor Corbett (Clyda Rover)

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