JBM’s positive health check on ‘ridiculous’ Cork

Jimmy Barry-Murphy

Jimmy Barry-Murphy expects Pa Cronin, Mark Ellis and Alan Cadogan to be fit for selection ahead of Cork’s league semi-final against Dublin on April 19.

Cadogan and Ellis missed yesterday’s clash with hamstring injuries, while Cronin (torn tendon) hasn’t featured since the victory over Clare five weeks ago.

“They should all be available the next day,” revealed the Cork manager.

Barry-Murphy was pleased with this quarter-final victory, but described Cork’s wide count of 13 as “ridiculous”.

“Wexford are a good team, they are difficult opponents and I think down here they are a better team than people might realise. We made it hard for ourselves at times with some of our play. I thought in the first-half we had a couple of goal chances which we didn’t take that made it difficult for us.

“I was worried enough at half-time because I didn’t think we were playing great. Their lead (0-13 to 0-7) would take a bit of pegging back.

“We missed some ridiculous chances to put us out of reach but that is a learning process for us as well.”

He continued: “I have to say we are delighted with the progress we have made this year. We are in a league semi-final, we have maintained our Division 1A status and as far as I am concerned that was the aim at the start of the year. We are not playing championship until June 7 so from that point of view we want the extra games.”

The Cork boss expressed satisfaction with the performances of emerging trio Rob O’Shea, William Kearney and Killian Burke.

“It was good experience for the new faces. Killian Burke did very well for his first game at centre-back at this level. I thought Willie Kearney at corner-back showed the form he showed in Galway and I was very pleased with that. And Rob O’Shea was excellent today. He is really developing into a very good player at this level.”

Wexford manager Liam Dunne rued his players’ wasteful nature in front of goal. The losers finished with 19 wides.

“It is all about taking your chances at this level, being more clinical and we definitely were not clinical today. We were six up at half-time having scored 13 points, but we probably should have had 17, 18 points on the board. Cork scored seven points in the first-half, five of them were from frees and that cost us,” he said.

“We scored only one point in the second-half, that from a free, and that is not good enough. It is not as if we didn’t have chances. We had a lot of chances, particularly in front of goal, but just didn’t take them.

"We played Diarmuid O’Keeffe as a defender in the second-half but when Cork went three ahead, we had to go for the game and went 15 on 15. Maybe we should have done that from the start of the second half. One point from a free in the second-half is hugely disappointing.”

He added: “There was no one more disappointed than the Wexford players after the defeat to Waterford last week. We had to try and learn from it, which we did. Unfortunately, we still came up short.”


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