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Brain Cuthbert: Cork weren't at the races

Updated: Monday, 07 Jul 2014 14:40 | Comments

Kerry's James O'Donoghue celebrates a score at Páirc Úi Chaoimh as Michael Shields of Cork lies crestfallen
Kerry's James O'Donoghue celebrates a score at Páirc Úi Chaoimh as Michael Shields of Cork lies crestfallen

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Cork football manager Brian Cuthbert could not hide his disappointment after a crushing defeat by Kerry in the Munster football final, admitting that his side had let a huge amount of people down.

The Kingdom ran out 0-24 to 0-12 winners at Páirc Uí Chaoimh in a surprisingly one-sided encounter. Cork must now re-group for a date in the qualifiers at the end of the month.

For coach Cuthbert, the nature of the reverse on home soil was a huge setback and he was not shy in articulating his side’s inadequacies.

Speaking to RTÉ Sport, Cuthbert said: “We’re absolutely disgusted with ourselves. We’re very disappointed. We’ve let a huge amount of people down, especially ourselves.

"From 15 to 20 minutes in, we clearly weren’t at the races and we could have even lost by more.

When asked what exactly went wrong, Cuthbert identified Kerry’s intensity.

“Being honest about it, Kerry showed a lot more intensity and a lot more hunger than we did,” he said.

"In the first half, they absolutely cleaned us out on the breaks. They were busy all over the field and we left ourselves a mountain to climb at the break. We wanted to be in the game at half-time.

"We’ll just have to dust ourselves off now and go forward for a new competition." 

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