JBM not sugaring the pill as Cork run out of ideas

Jimmy Barry-Murphy was quick to pay tribute to Limerick after Saturday night’s draw, but the amount of injury time played by referee James Owens clearly rankled with the Cork manager.

JBM not sugaring the pill as Cork run out of ideas

Two minutes were announced but Owens allowed play to stretch beyond that time and Limerick grabbed a late equaliser.

“Injury time doesn’t seem to matter where we’re concerned,” said the Cork manager.

“You’d have to say, though, that on the balance of play Limerick showed great heart, they fought like demons and you’d have to admire them.

“I thought we’d won it when Michael O’Sullivan got that point, but the referee saw fit to play on and they got the free.”

Barry-Murphy wasn’t sugaring the pill about Cork’s performance. Their first-quarter display wasn’t matched over the remaining 50-odd minutes, and he wasn’t offering excuses.

“I was very pleased with the first 20 minutes, but after that our play deteriorated.

“We’ve only done four or five sessions since the lads came back from holidays, so it is very early days, but I’m disappointed we didn’t win.

“We started very well but didn’t maintain that. We’ll have to look at it again in the cold light of day, but in fairness to Limerick, they seemed to want it more when they went down to 14 men.”

Barry-Murphy pointed to positives, but acknowledged Cork were beaten in many areas and didn’t accept that losing three forwards to injury was a valid reason for not winning.

“In lots of positions we were beaten man for man tonight.

“There were positives as well. Alan Cadogan coming on tonight did very well and it’s a learning process regarding a lot of players on the panel.”

“The injuries? These things happen. Normally with the extra man it shouldn’t matter, we should have kicked on.”

Barry-Murphy added that they were not sure how serious the injuries to Conor Lehane, Aidan Walsh and Luke O’Farrell were, adding that they would be “playing it by ear” when it came to the availability of dual players Walsh and Eoin Cadogan.

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