By Josh Powell | All-Ireland Hurling Final
Clare and Cork couldn’t be separated in the All-Ireland Final three weeks ago, as the match was tighter than a headband on Marty Morrissey. That epic drawn game three weeks ago reminded us of Keira Knightley’s bra – lots of support on both sides but just no cup.
There has to be a winner when the two sides meet again at 5.00pm this evening, and with the Paddy Power traders struggling to separate them, here’s a look at where the money is going.
The odds suggest there is nothing between the two sides and the money is singing from the same hymn sheet. Imagine if cash could sing, opening your wallet to find a fiver belting out some Stone Roses or catching the shrapnel in your back pocket busting out Rappers Delight. Anyway, 52 per cent of the dough is on Cork to win in 70 minutes at 11/10 with 45 per cent siding with The Banner County. Only a small percentage of punters have opted for another draw and we’ll be heading to extra time if that’s the case.
According to this market, punters don’t fancy Clare to trouble the back of the nets at Croker.
Conor Lehane got the opening goal for the Rebels in the original final but there are three different players attracting all of the money this time around. Cork keeper Anthony Nash hammered home a 20-yard free to score The Rebel County’s second goal three weeks ago and he is well backed to open the scoring this evening at 12/1. Cork’s Patrick Horgan smacked 10 points over the bar, including eight frees in the first clash and is attracted a fair chunk of the cash at 15/2 to hit the back of the net. Luke O’Farrell is the third Cork player who is hotly tipped to open the scoring at 9/1.
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Horgan hit 10 of Cork’s 25 points in the first game and is the man every punter is turning to in this market at 8/1. An impressive 22 per cent of punter’s cash is on the Cork man who has racked up 43 points in the Championship so far, averaging almost nine every game.
Clare’s Tony Kelly has been instrumental in this year’s Championship and won the GAA Player of the Month for August. The Banner County man has seen support at 12/1 but the majority of the cash is on Pat Horgan.