Cork captain Pa Cronin will use the pain of last year’s All-Ireland finals as motivation against Tipperary in today’s semi-final.
More specifically the Bishopstown man and his Rebel colleagues have not forgotten the drawn game against Clare when it looked as if an injury-time Patrick Horgan point had won the game for Cork before Domhnall O'Donovan’s late equaliser sent the match to a replay, in which the Banner County prevailed.
“It is definitely [something that drives us on], because I suppose a lot of players, but a lot of supporters as well, would have been bitter over the last [stages of the game] the first day, when we were a point up and the ref should have blown it up but he didn’t,” Cronin told RTÉ Sport.
“I suppose that’s sport. You get some calls some days and other days calls go against you but losing was a big incentive for us to get back to the grindstone last January and hopefully we’ll push on this year.”
Standing in their way for a place in the final for a chance of Liam MacCarthy glory is a resurgent Tipperary side, who are looking to get back into the final for the first time since 2011.
Cronin added: “Tipp have fantastic players all over the park. We played against them in the league quarter-final this year. We’re similar enough teams.
“We played very well that day, they played very well that day. There wasn’t much in it at the end. It’s going to be the same [today].”
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