JBM sees red over Horgan dismissal

Cork manager Jimmy Barry-Murphy was so incensed by referee James McGrath's decision to send off Pat Horgan in yesterday's Munster SHC final that he and his management team refused to speak to the national media afterwards.

JBM sees red over Horgan dismissal

Cork manager Jimmy Barry-Murphy was so incensed by referee James McGrath's decision to send off Pat Horgan in yesterday's Munster SHC final that he and his management team refused to speak to the national media afterwards.

Horgan's dismissal was one of the major talking points from Cork's 0-24 to 0-15 defeat at the Gaelic Grounds, the incident at the end of the first half leaving the Rebels without their chief free-taker and one of their most experienced forwards.

One of the few survivors from the 2010 Munster final against Waterford, Horgan struck Limerick's Paudie O'Brien on the helmet as the pair competed for a dropping ball shortly before half-time.

McGrath reached for his red card in what was seen as a harsh call by many observers and although the Rebels battled on gamely with 14 players, Limerick's clever use of extra man Richie McCarthy and their influential bench saw them pull clear in an ultimately one-sided second period.

Barry-Murphy was tasting only his second defeat in a Munster hurling final as a player or manager - his first was also against Limerick in 1980 - and the Horgan incident was top of his agenda afterwards.

The Cork boss, who only spoke to members of the local press, said: "It was an unbelievable decision, that is all I can say. Anyone that was at the match can judge for themselves."

Glen Rovers clubman Horgan will be suspended for the impending All-Ireland quarter-final clash with Kilkenny, however it is understood that Cork officials will launch an appeal of the ban.

Cork, with the wind behind them, should have been in front at the break. Instead they were tied at 0-10 apiece having accumulated ten wides and failed to convert two good goal-scoring chances.

The second half slid away from them in the end, with Limerick tagging on 14 points with six of them spread between prominent substitutes Shane Dowling, Kevin Downes and Niall Moran.

Cork wing back Tom Kenny, a three-time provincial winner, missed out on an early birthday present in Limerick city - he turns 32 tomorrow - and he felt that the referee made a mistake in sending Horgan off.

"My initial thought was that the ball hit the helmet but I wasn't sure then with the height of the sun," said Kenny in the aftermath of the game.

"The players said that Pa didn't touch him so it was probably the wrong decision on the ref's part.

"I know we were down to 14 men but Limerick finished a lot stronger than us. If we had 15 maybe we would have finished out the game stronger too and as winners.

"Obviously it contributed to the final result. We will have to look at our own failings and try and move on."

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