Maurice Horan didn’t sugarcoat the message after the game.
The shell-shocked Limerick manager met the press in the Gaelic Grounds and tried to turn his attention to the qualifiers. Anything but the massacre he’d just seen.
“We have to start focusing on the qualifiers. We’re definitely a better team than what we showed out there today. We were counting down the clock for the last 15 minutes and... what can you say?”
Horan said his side had been left trying to “narrow the gap” in the second half.
“We talked, senior players said it wasn’t a fair reflection of what we had done. We went out intending to play better than that, we felt confident going into the match that at least we’d put in a performance.
“That was our goal but we were outmanned everywhere on the pitch, apart from John Galvin, who had a good second half and won some ball under severe pressure.
“But at half-time, 10 points down, we made three substitutions. They [Cork] came out slowish and we might have tacked on a few points to get a foothold in the game... but not really. At that stage we were just trying to narrow the gap. It had all the hallmarks of a game that was going to run away from us, and it did.”
Horan admitted he was at a loss as to Limerick’s display.
“I don’t know what it is. I just can’t understand it. We put in unbelievable performances in the qualifiers and now it’s the opposite to the way it used to be, when we were brilliant in the Munster championship and poor in the qualifiers.
“We spoke about getting ourselves ready to play, to put in a display. It’s been hard the last few years [to get ready for the qualifiers] and there are a lot of good teams in there already.”
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