Cork face injury crisis for knockout stages

Mark Ellis

Cork face an injury crisis after yesterday’s loss to Tipperary, Mark Ellis, Alan Cadogan and Daniel Kearney all suffering hamstring injuries.

“Mark has pulled a hamstring and could be out for a few weeks,” said Cork boss Jimmy Barry-Murphy. “It’s hard to get players of that calibre, we have some good players coming through but it’s taking time to get them up to speed.

“Alan Cadogan pulled a hamstring, so he’s out for the next couple of weeks as well. Daniel Kearney has a hamstring injury as well. We’ll just have to regroup and motivate guys again for next Sunday again.”

Barry-Murphy wasn’t hiding his disappointment. “We had a big lead and couldn’t hold out. That’s disappointing and we had chances at the end to draw which we didn’t take either.

“We seemed to lose our shape when Mark went off, he was playing very well at centre back. That shouldn’t be the case, but their half-back line got on top and some of their play then was very good. They’re favourites for the All-Ireland, justifiably so, and it just shows where we’re at. At the same time Anthony Nash made some great saves, you’d have to acknowledge Tipperary are a quality team with a huge wealth of talent. It’s a steep learning curve. It is a setback to lose at home having led by so much, but that’s our job, to get the lads ready for next Sunday.”

Tipperary manager Eamon O’Shea wasn’t overstating the value of the win. “It’s a bit early for defining moments. I think there’s a pattern we’d be hoping we could continue, trying to be better than the last game. In parts we weren’t but we got back on track during the game and that’sthe most pleasing thing, getting yourself back when you’re under a bit of pressure.

“If we can learn from that, I think we’ll be a little bit better. I wouldn’t be lauding us too much, 12 points down after 53 minutes, we must have been doing something wrong as well.

“See the game in its entirety and judge it in its entirety, that’s what I’d say. I thought it was a humdinger of a game. I think you just need to be careful about defining a game as a dead rubber, we don’t consider any game a dead rubber.”

O’Shea acknowledged Tipp missed some chances but said it wasn’t a cause for concern. “We did create some goal chances and the goalkeeper made some good saves. I think Cork were playing better than us at various parts of the second half, they seemed to get the scores earier.


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