JBM: Winning Munster best path to All-Ireland series

Jimmy Barry-Murphy has dismissed suggestions that winning Munster can hamper All-Ireland title ambitions

JBM: Winning Munster best path to All-Ireland series

Cork this year became the province’s ninth consecutive champions not to go on and win an All-Ireland title.

This year was the third season in a row the Munster winners lost at the semi-final stage.

Much has been made of the five-week break between competitions for the victors, although Kilkenny have succeeded in negotiating it.

Barry-Murphy saw his side beaten comprehensively by Tipperary in Croke Park in August but still believes claiming the provincial title is the best path to take.

“It’s an argument you could put forward, certainly,” he told Cork’s LifeFM 93.1 about the record which points towards Munster hampering a team’s All-Ireland ambitions. “Looking back in hindsight, maybe lads would have been better off if they had club hurling games in the meantime but with football involvement it wasn’t as easy to arrange as we would have liked.

“At the end of the day, we were thrilled to win the Munster final and we would certainly like to go that route again because it’s the easiest way to go if you can at all. But it is certainly something you’d look at if you won a Munster title again to see what you could do in the meantime.”

With no dual players next season, should the opportunity arise again Cork are unlikely to have such difficulty in keeping players occupied between the Munster final and All-Ireland semi-final.

Recalling the 10-point defeat to Tipperary, Barry-Murphy acknowledges Cork greatly disappointed their supporters.

“We conceded a very soft goal early on, which undermined us. I think (it was) basic stuff, overall a lack of the type of game we would have liked to play on the day in Croke Park. We certainly didn’t do ourselves justice and we felt we left a lot of people down on the day. That was very disappointing to us.”

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