Three-time All Star Ann Marie Hayes thinks the pain of last year's All-Ireland final defeat could give Kilkenny the added motivation to eke out a victory in Sunday's decider against Cork.  

There's deep familiarity between the two sides at this stage. Not only are the pair colliding in the All-Ireland final for the third year running, they've also contested the last two League finals, with Kilkenny winning both of those encounters. 

A late point from substitute Julia White gave Cork a one-point win in last year's All-Ireland final, enabling them to gain revenge for their five-point loss to the Cats in the 2016 decider. 

Speaking to RTÉ Sport, Hayes reckons the pain of the 2017 reversal could give Ann Downey's team a slight edge on Sunday.     

"[Kilkenny] will be in the same position this year that Cork were in last year. They didn't play well in the final last year. Some of the girls individually would have been disappointed with their performances.

"They've a chance to redeem themselves this year.

"There's huge rivalry. This is the third year in a row they're meeting in All-Ireland finals. They've met in League finals. It's been tit for tat every year.

A point in it in this year's league final (Kilkenny won 0-15 to 1-11), a point in it in last year's All-Ireland final. I think there's going to be very little in it 

"I think Kilkenny might shade it this year. Simply because they might want to make up for last year's final and pay Cork back for the heartbreak of last year's final.

"But having said that, Cork were super impressive in the semi-final against Tipperary. 

"I think it'll be very close, possibly a point or two and I wouldn't rule a draw out." 

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