JBM confirms Horgan and Nash decided free-taking strategy

Cork manager Jimmy Barry-Murphy has revealed that Patrick Horgan and Anthony Nash decided on the best course of free-taking action against Clare in Thurles this afternoon.

JBM confirms Horgan and Nash decided free-taking strategy

Cork manager Jimmy Barry-Murphy has revealed that Patrick Horgan and Anthony Nash decided on the best course of free-taking action against Clare in Thurles this afternoon.

Horgan hit 2-11 from placed balls as Cork claimed a five-point victory over the All-Ireland champions at Semple Stadium.

The pre-match talk centred around the outlawing of Nash’s controversial free-taking technique, as the Cork goalkeeper stole a number yards from 20m frees and penalties.

Horgan took over responsibility close to goal and profited big time with a massive haul.

And Barry-Murphy confirmed: “We left it up to Patrick himself, and Anthony.

“We decided that before the game, that if we got a penalty, that Patrick would see himself how it was going and how they felt.

“If he felt like going for it, go for it, no recriminations if he went for it and missed it – that's our attitude. It worked our way today.”

Barry-Murphy was criticised for his approach during last year’s All-Ireland final replay against Clare but Cork’s gameplan was spot on today.

The Cork boss smiled: “I get a lot of slagging about not being a tactical genius.

“I never claim to be but I think if your players are focused on the game you try to target players on the opposition team who might match up with your players. Our players certainly did that today.

“That's all it is. I thought our players were magnificent in the second half, particularly when Clare came back at us.”

Barry-Murphy is now targeting Cork’s first Munster SHC crown since 2006 and he beamed: I'm so proud of the players – I'm delighted for the people of Cork for supporting us.

“The players went through a hard time after losing the All-Ireland last year but we took it on the chin, being beaten by a great Clare team.

“But today we showed we're a very good team as well.”

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