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Cork v Kilkenny SHC final preview

Updated: Thursday, 14 Jun 2007 16:13

Pat Mulcahy captains the Cork side in their bid to win a third All-Ireland in a row this Sunday
Pat Mulcahy captains the Cork side in their bid to win a third All-Ireland in a row this Sunday

Watch live coverage of this year's Guinness All-Ireland Hurling final between Cork and Kilkenny on RTÉ TWO this Sunday from 12.30pm to 5.35pm. Listen live on RTÉ Radio 1 FM and LW 252.

Patrick Kennedy previews this weekend's All-Ireland SFC semi-final.

The Cork hurlers aim to book their place in the history books as they seek to capture their third All-Ireland title in a row when they take on Kilkenny at Croke Park on Sunday, throw-in at 3.30pm.

It's difficult to see how they will fail to do so. Thirteen of the starting XV began their previous two victories and have shown great consistency in grinding out results and refusing to panic when they fall behind. One thing is certain; Cork will hit Kilkenny with a blitz on at least two occasions during the 70 minutes.

The Cats will have to pull out all the stops to override these onslaughts. They do not boast a settled side. For Kilkenny to upset the odds they need to frustrate the Cork half-back line and exploit the weaknesses in the Cork half-forward line.

John Tennyson will have to shut out Brian Corcoran and they may need to partner Tommy Walsh with James 'Cha' Fitzpatrick at midfield in an effort to keep with the speed of Tom Kenny and Jerry O'Connor.

This is asking a bit much of the Noresiders as the Cork mentors will surely have a few more cards up their sleeves (such as Cathal Naughton and the two Kieran Murphys) to combat such tactics.

Cork look to be well on their way to the annals of GAA history one way or the other, it's up to Kilkenny to stop their runaway train. 
Verdict: Cork to make history