Saturday 24 February 2018

JBM queries referee's late call

Cork manager Jimmy Barry Murphy. Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE
Cork manager Jimmy Barry Murphy. Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE

Noel Horgan

JIMMY Barry-Murphy made no attempt to conceal his disappointment at the way last Saturday's night's league clash turned out.

The Rebel boss said it was very frustrating that Cork didn't go on to win the game after scorching into a six-point lead during the opening fifteen minutes, adding that he was more than a little aggrieved by the decision to award Limerick a free which yielded an equalising point in the dying seconds.

"I don't normally comment on referees, but I was amazed the last free was given, because it looked an accidental collision and I don't know what it was for. Having said that, I felt Limerick deserved a draw on the overall balance of the play, they fought like demons after they had a player sent off, and you'd have to admire them for that.

"They seemed to want it more than we did when they were down to 14 men, so, from that point of view, we're very disappointed we didn't win the game," he admitted.

He insisted, however, that Cork can take some positives out of it as well, stating that the management are trying to develop the panel, and that the contribution from substitute Alan Cadogan was encouraging.

"I thought Alan did very well when he came on, and I was obviously very pleased too with the way we performed for the first 20 minutes. It's difficult to say why our play deteriorated after that, but we were certainly beaten in a lot of positions man-to-man when the pressure was really on tonight."

While accepting that Cork didn't enjoy the best of luck in terms of injuries, he said it shouldn't have mattered considering they had an extra man for much of the game.

"I think we were three or four points up when we got the extra man, and we should have been able to drive on from there, but we didn't manage to do it, and I suppose that's testimony to the way Limerick performed as well.

"They showed great character and great commitment, in fairness, but we must try to learn from some of our own poor play tonight, and improve on it. This result means we are going to have to concentrate on every game now, as the battle for promotion to Division 1A looks set to go down to the wire, but we've only had about four or five sessions since the lads came back from holidays, so it's early days yet for quite a few of them'"

JBM felt there might have been no way back for Limerick if Cork, leading by four points, had made the most of a gilt-edge goal chance midway through the first half.

"It was a great chance for Stephen (Moylan), but these things happen, and while we rarely threatened a goal otherwise, we still created enough opportunities to have won the match. I was sure we had it won after Michael O'Sullivan put us ahead with time almost up, but the referee saw to it that we didn't with that late free."


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