Horgan hopeful Cork attack will gel

PATRICK HORGAN says he and his fellow Cork attackers are working hard in training to build up an understanding ahead of this year’s Munster senior hurling championship.

Horgan finished with nine points in Sunday’s win over Offaly and Aisake O hAilpín, another relative newcomer, notched a goal. Horgan says all the Cork forwards are getting to know each other’s style of play.

“It’s definitely something we’ll have to work on over the next few months, not just for league games, to build up that understanding with each other as we come closer to the championship game with Tipperary.

“We work hard in training with each other to get to know how each fella plays. We’re together for the year and we have the time to work on that.”

Sunday’s clash at Páirc Uí Chaoimh was level at the break, nine points apiece, but Cork pulled away to win by 11, thanks to a strong second-half showing.

“We knew ourselves we didn’t get going in the first half,” said Horgan.

“That’s all we wanted at the break, a chance to get out and get going in the second half.

“And that’s what happened, we got our game together and that showed on the scoreboard at the finish.”

The Glen Rovers man acknowledged he’d had a good day on the frees: “It went grand, another day you mightn’t score from any of those frees, but I’m happy to take them – anything to help the team, obviously, particularly as long as we keep winning.”

In contrast with previous seasons, Cork have had an uninterrupted build-up to the 2010 season.

“That’s true, we had a good pre-season, which is what you want at this level, and things are going very well in training. We’re at sessions three times a week with the county and fellas are going away doing a bit themselves as well, so physically our preparation is pretty good.”

There was plenty of talk at Páirc Uí Chaoimh about the mouthwatering visit of All-Ireland champions Kilkenny on March 14, but Horgan said that encounter wasn’t “on the radar” for Cork.

Next up is Limerick, a game which will be played under lights next Saturday at the Gaelic Grounds.

“We haven’t even thought about Kilkenny yet,” said Horgan. “That’s not even on the radar a while. We’re taking it one game at a time, as the saying goes, and Saturday against Limerick is the next one for us.

“It’ll be a bit different alright, playing under lights, but I don’t think it’ll be more difficult for one team compared to another. I’d say every team has played under lights at this stage, so I’d say every player is more or less in the same boat.

“We’ll be treating that the same way as all our other games, and hopefully that approach will be good enough.”


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