Jimmy Barry-Murphy rues failure to take chances

Eight first-half wides and a similar number of aimless deliveries into attack contributed largely to Cork’s Munster championship exit, according to Jimmy Barry-Murphy.

Jimmy Barry-Murphy rues failure to take chances

The Cork manager cited his team’s inability to capitalise on their first-half superiority as central reasons for their defeat, pointing also to the significance of Waterford’s two-goal burst between the 26th and 29th minutes.

“I was delighted with our start, we were up for this game and I felt then that the momentum was with us. We had some poor wides, poor shot-selection which hampered us and then the goals arrived.

“We didn’t take our chances when we were ahead and push on in the first-half. The goals came and they knocked us back a lot. They knocked our confidence.

“We played so well that I felt we shouldn’t have gone in at half-time a point down.

“Goals decide games. In fairness to Waterford, you have to admire them, they got two great goals. They exposed us and those two strikes gave their team a lift.

Over the two days, they have been the better team than us and we have to accept that and move on from that.”

Patrick Horgan provided Cork’s sole major from the penalty spot as the clock ticked into second-half stoppages and the defeated manager expressed frustration at Cork’s failure to engineer a single clear-cut goal opening in the first period.

“In the first-half, we had a lot of possession but didn’t create goal chances. We took some poor options and had some bad wides. We paid for that.

“We couldn’t get the ball to stick in the full-forward line. That was a problem in the second-half. They have very big backs and are a big physical team.”

Among the few positives to glean were the contributions of Patrick Cronin, a late call-up for the injured Seamus Harnedy, and the returning Brian Murphy.

“We thought Thursday night Seamus would be okay. He had a slight reccurrence (of his hamstring injury). We weren’t prepared to chance him, it wouldn’t have been unfair to him. Patrick Cronin came in and had an excellent game, he hit five points. He showed a great attitude, as always.

“Brian was outstanding for us. He is great player, gives it everything and we were lucky that he came back and played.”

Barry-Murphy added: “I didn’t see the red card. Luke [O’Farrell] said it was for nothing. We have a tough road ahead of us now. Clare, Dublin and we are there in the qualifiers. There is nothing you can do about that but regroup and try and lift the lads up for the next day.”

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