Jimmy Barry-Murphy feels 'there is improvement' in Cork despite good victory over Dublin

Updated: Tuesday, 13 Aug 2013 10:40 | Comments

Cork march on to their first final since 2006
Cork march on to their first final since 2006

While delighted that his side have reached an All-Ireland SHC final, Cork manager Jimmy Barry-Murphy feels his side are capable of improvement in the decider.

The Rebels overcame Dublin in an epic battle at Croke Park on a 1-24 to 1-19 scoreline and will now meet either Limerick or Clare at Croke Park on 8 September.

Speaking to RTÉ Sport after the game, Barry-Murphy felt his side did not play to their full potential.

"It was a very enjoyable game, score for score all the way through. I’m delighted with the win, coming against a very good team like Dublin. I felt we didn’t the play as well as we could today and maybe it’s not a bad thing going into the final.

"Sometimes self criticism is good in the hope that you will improve for the next day. In saying all that, I’m thrilled for the players after getting past a team of Dublin’s calibre. They character they showed was first class, particularly after conceding the goal.

"Goals can rock teams and yet we managed to go in a point ahead at half-time. The goal we got came at a vital stage and managed to give us a bit of breathing space at the end."

When asked about the sending off of Dublin’s Ryan O’Dwyer, the Cork boss was in doubt that it did have an impact on the game.

He explained: It happened to us in the Munster final and Kilkenny suffered something similar the last day. You have the extra man and if you use it properly and intelligently players can use the ball to punish the opposition.

"Conor O’Sullivan at the back was very good at reading the game and distributing the ball to good effect. Obviously there’s no point in ballooning the ball anywhere.

"I thought we hurled well when we did have the extra man; we got in front and Patrick Horgan’s goal at the end turned out to be the crucial score."

Barry-Murphy was quick to praise the contribution from the Glen Rovers player.

“He has had an interesting year and is showing the form that we all know he has. Croke Park is a venue where his talent comes to the fore.

Assessing the season so far, the Cork boss has been impressed by the way his side have responded to setbacks along the way.

“We were relegated in the league and lost the Munster final, but you have to credit the attitude that saw us bounce back. We have been rewarded now with a place in the All-Ireland final.

Looking ahead to the decider, Barry-Murphy would not say who would like to meet in four weeks' time.

"I’ll have a look at Clare v Limerick next Sunday, but I have no doubt it will be a fantastic occasion. We’re just happy to be there."

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