Cork manager Conor Counihan says that he expects Sunday’s semi-final against Donegal will be decided by a mistake by one of the teams.
The All-Ireland winning boss from 2010 also believes there is nothing between any of the teams still in the race for Sam Maguire.
Counihan told RTÉ Sport: “I think there isn’t a kick of the ball between the four teams that’s left in it. I think Sunday will come down to a breaking ball. You know in these conditions if it’s wet and slippery it will be a mistake by someone, it will be that tight.”
Cork beat Donegal at the quarter-final stage in 2009 and Counihan admits he has been impressed with their progress under manager Jim McGuinness.
“They’ve been consistent over the last two seasons under Jim McGuinness. Last year [they were] unlucky maybe to lose the All-Ireland semi-final.
"This year, putting back to back Ulster titles, they ground out a result against Kerry. They were very impressive, defended well, broke well and [it’s] no surprise to see that they’re in the semi-final,” said the Aghada clubman.
While many observers were full of praise for the manner of the Rebels’ demolition job on Kildare in the quarter-final, McGuinness doesn’t feel that the result of that game tells the entire story.
He said: “We played reasonable enough in the early stages of that, went out of it, came back in and got on top but we wouldn’t want to be reading too much into that. Kildare, by their own standards, would be disappointed with their own performance on the day.
“Had we beaten a Kildare team that performed to the top of their ability you’d be feeling very good about it but I don’t think that’s the reality.”