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Jimmy Barry-Murphy Players deserved a Munster title

Updated: Sunday, 13 Jul 2014 22:09 | Comments

Cork players and fans celebrate on the Páirc Uí Chaoimh turf
Cork players and fans celebrate on the Páirc Uí Chaoimh turf

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Jimmy Barry-Murphy felt that the Munster hurling final victory over Limerick was just reward for the efforts his Cork side have put in over the last few seasons.

The Rebels regained the title after a gap of eight years with a 2-24 to 0-24 victory over the Shannonsiders at Páirc Uí Chaoimh.

Barry-Murphy was quick to salute his players after the win and stressed the importance of finally winning some silverware.

Speaking to RTÉ Sport, he said: “I’m very proud of the players and just thrilled for them and their families.

“They have made a massive effort over the last couple of years.  We knew ourselves we had won nothing; we lost two finals last year and that was tough.

“It’s a great reward for the players and the efforts they’ve made."

In analysing the final inter-county match at Páirc Uí Chaoimh before it is redeveloped, JBM did admit that Cork were somewhat flattered to be level at half-time.

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"We were happy enough to be level at half-time,” he revealed.

"We didn’t think we played particularly well. Limerick had a number of wides in the first half and they could have been leading by three or four points.

"I thought the scoreline flattered us at half-time."

"We took a while to get going in the second half and hit some bad wides.

"When we did start to play with a bit more fluency, we tended to get our scores that bit easier in the second period. Also, the breeze was a bit stronger than people may have realised."

Goals, as they say, win games, and Barry-Murphy naturally stressed the importance of the two majors his side scored in the second period.

"We got fantastic goals when we needed them. Pudie O’Sullivan  showed a great bit of skill for his goal and likewise Seamie (Harnedy).

"Those goals were the crucial difference at the end of the day."

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