GAA: Cork manager Jimmy Barry-Murphy makes no excuses after loss to Tipperary
Last Updated: 18/08/14 11:44am
Jimmy Barry-Murphy: Was disappointed with Cork's wide count in the first half
Jimmy Barry-Murphy admitted his Cork side could have no complaints after their All-Ireland semi-final loss to Tipperary.
The Rebels failed to fire in a below-par performance at Croke Park, falling to a 2-18 to 1-11 defeat to their great Munster rivals.
“I just think on the day we were comprehensively outplayed in a number of positions on the pitch,” said the Cork manager. “Against a team of Tipperary’s quality, you’re not going to win the game in that situation.”
"I thought that being two points down at half time flattered us. The wides eroded confidence, heads seemed to drop because of that."
Cork faced a five-week lay-off since their Munster final win over Limerick, but Barry-Murphy didn’t believe that was a factor in his side’s display.
“I don’t know really, it’s too soon to look at it,” he said. “I’m not going to use the lay-off as an excuse. I felt coming into the game we were in good shape; training had gone really well.
“The Munster final win we felt would be a boost to our confidence and we would build on that. But, just on the day, we weren’t at the races.”
Fundamentally, it was a day when Cork did a huge amount wrong and very little right.
“Ten wides in the first half was shocking,” said Barry-Murphy. “It was very, very poor at times in situations that we’ve normally taken our chances.
“We would have been in a much healthier position at half-time if we’d taken our chances. That eroded confidence, certainly. Free-taking was a problem as well. Different things didn’t help us today.
“I thought that being two points down at half time flattered us. The wides eroded confidence, heads seemed to drop because of that.
“A lot of our players were comprehensively outplayed on the day. I think when you’re playing a team of Tipperary’s quality and the ball is being cleared out by backs of their quality, physicality seemed to be a problem for us as well.
“They were much stronger on the ball, they seemed to harass us as well. When the ball is coming in to your defence as readily as it was, you’re always going to concede and that was the problem today.”
Trailing by 1-7 to 0-8 at the interval, there was ample time for Cork to turn it around, but nothing changed.
“Honestly, I thought we were in a good position at half-time,” said Barry-Murphy. “There was a bit of a breeze blowing into Hill 16 that I thought would favour us.
“If we could rectify a few of the wides we had in the first half I thought we were well in the game.
“We were flattered to be in that position, a lot of our players not playing to the standard they would normally play and we were still only two points down.
“We were pleasantly surprised to be in that position, but the second half didn’t get any better to be honest with you.”