Cork manager Jimmy Barry-Murphy was thrilled after his side's 2-24 to 0-24 victory over Limerick in Páirc Uí Chaoimh today, a fitting finale to GAA action in the Cork city stadium.
After losing both the Munster and All-Ireland final last year, the Cork hurling legend spoke of the courage his team showed to persist and win this time around.
“(We had a) fantastic year last year, losing two finals was tough though and it’s great to win today and I’m very proud for the players and their families,” he said.
The sides were level at 0-12 to 0-12 at half-time however Cork were somewhat fortunate to go in level at the break and Barry-Murphy acknowledged the Treaty men's superiority.
“We were happy enough to be level at half-time, we felt we didn’t play particularly well in the first-half, I thought the scoreline did flatter us a bit at half-time.
“We got our scores that bit easier in the second-half and the breeze was stronger than people might have thought and the goals obviously were the crucial difference at the end of the day,” he said.
Cork now advance to the All-Ireland semi-final after their first victory in the Munster decider since 2006 while Limerick now face either Wexford or Waterford in the quarter-final.
Limerick’s manager TJ Ryan was happy with the effort his side showed before coming up short.
“We scored 24 points, which was great scoring from our point of view and we knew that the first goal was going to be critical and when they got it, they had more energy at the end of the day,” he said.
Ryan agreed that his side spurned chances in the first-half but he believes that was all part of the occasion.
“Looking back we had more opportunities and missed them, but on the day that can happen.”
“It’s a pressure cooker, it’s a tough day but in fairness to our lads they really battled and gave everything they had and at the end of the day they just came up a bit short,” said Ryan.