JBM turns focus towards Tipp

Jimmy Barry-Murphy felt Cork’s display against Wexford yesterday was “patchy” but that the Rebels were always in command.

JBM turns focus towards Tipp

Wexford closed the gap to one point in the second half before Cork pushed on to a seven-point win to assure promotion to Division 1A of the NHL.

“I always felt we were in control, that we wouldn’t lose,” said the Cork manager.

“Again, like a lot of our displays this year, it was a bit patchy.

“But I’m delighted we won comfortably in the end.

“That’s a very good score when the pressure came on, like against Offaly. I’d like us to be more consistent but overall, I’m delighted to be back in Division 1A and to be unbeaten without showing our best form, it’s fair to say.”

The Cork boss was looking forward already to playing better teams in Division 1A.

“It’s no disrespect to the opposition (in Division 1B) but I’m sure Wexford would tell you that the standard of opponent in 1A is way higher.

“It’s much more competitive and you have to be much more on your game. I don’t think our performances in 1B so far would suffice to survive relegation from 1A. We’re aware of that.

“Our main target was to get back to 1A and to have higher quality opposition next year. My view is that the likes of Wexford and Offaly should also be in the top flight, in some format, but the league has been very exciting this year and the GAA will be happy with that.”

His opposite number was disappointed but realistic.

“I don’t know if victory was ever on the cards,” admitted the Wexford boss Liam Dunne.

“I asked the lads at half-time, it was an effort I was looking for.

“We were against the breeze and we lost a few men at half-time. We just seemed to be decimated with injuries.

“But there were guys on the field of play and in the end Cork pulled away with it. We had a few chances and maybe took the wrong option when we had the pressure on Cork at the start of the second half.

“Look, we have a quarter-final next week and this is good preparation for that.”

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