Cork hurling boss Jimmy Barry-Murphy felt his side were “comprehensively outplayed” by Tipperary in Sunday’s All-Ireland SHC semi-final at Croke Park.
"I don't want to take from Tipperary, but our display was poor today. Too many of our players were comprehensively outplayed throughout the field,” was Barry Murphy’s initial assessment of his side’s 2-18 to 1-11 loss when speaking to RTÉ Sport.
“The Tipperary defence were able to break out of defence and find their forwards in space.They were then able to use that space. When that happens, you're going to pay for it and that's what happened to us today."
Cork entered this year’s championship with high hopes of winning the Liam MacCarthy for the first time since 2005. Regaining the Munster title was seen as a sure sign that they were on track. However, the nature of the loss against their age-old rivals will no doubt leave the Cork supporters frustrated.
From the sideline, Barry-Murphy watched on as his troops failed to come up to the pace.
“It's too soon after the game to do an in-depth analysis. We're just very, very disappointed," he added.
"We didn't bring anywhere near the quality we can bring to a game. I'm disappointed for the players and the supporters.”
Cork were only two points behind at the break, despite their below-par performance, raising hope that they could turn it around in the second half.
JBM was looking for such an improvement, but it never came.
"I thought we were lucky to be two points adrift at half-time. It could have been worse. We felt we hadn't played well at all.
“From that point of view, I was reasonably happy at the break, hoping that we'd improve in the second half. Things didn't improve. The second goal (from Seamus Callanan) killed it off and our heads dropped which was disappointing.”
Looking back on the season, the Cork manager can take some positives but ultimately it’s all about landing the big prize in September.
"The Munster championship is some consolation but it doesn't feel like that today,” he reflected.
“In Cork you're judged on the All-Irelands you win. As a management team, we’ve fallen short and that's the reality we’re facing.
"Everyone can't be a winner and Tipp's display today deserves great credit.They have good players who can punish you and they did that today."