Belfast Telegraph

The final furlong

Tradition, ambition and hunger — Cork and Down share these three key elements as they prepare to go head-to-head in today’s All Ireland football championship final at Croke Park.

Not for many years has the decider been garnished with such intrigue nor laced with such a high level of expectation.

Maybe it’s because this is a novel pairing or perhaps it’s the sense of adventure that the protagonists share — whatever the reason, there is a distinct feeling that this confrontation will be a classic.

Tipperary and Kilkenny threw down the gauntlet in that stupendous hurling showdown a fortnight ago and now James McCartan’s rejuvenated foot-soldiers and Conor Counihan’s battle-hardened troops have been invited to follow suit.

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