Cork had lost very few championship matches in the past 3 years but they hadn't achieve the ultimate prize and the most recent defeat, losing to Kerry in 2009 final, was still a motivating memory.
The ‘Rebels’ had already won the 2010 League title in April but the championship campaign started badly as Kerry won out in their Munster clash. So it was the back-door route and despite some below par performances in the qualifiers Conor Counihan’s men justly deserved their spot after a thrilling semi-final win over Dublin.
. Down also suffered an early stage exit in the Ulster championship, losing out to 2008 champions Tyrone. But under new manager, the legendry James McCartan, the ‘Mourne Men’ then made impressive strides through the qualifiers, toppling champions Kerry and high flying Kildare along the way. With wins like that behind them confidence in the Down camp was high and the proud record of having never lost an All Ireland final in 5 previous appearances was further raising expectations.
. So for the first time two ‘qualifiers’ emerged to take centre stage on final day - would it be Cork taking their 7th title or could Down make it 6 from 6?
The match action and commentary is the original RTE TV broadcast.
EXTRA DVD also includes about 25 minutes of Highlights from the Minor final - Tyrone v Cork (commentary in Irish)