Monday 23 April 2018

Cody refuses to criticise ref for Shefflin red card

Kilkenny manager Brian Cody at Semple Stadium today
Kilkenny manager Brian Cody at Semple Stadium today

Brian Cody refused to criticise refereee Barry Kelly for the sending off of Henry Shefflin in the first half of the 0-19 to 0-14 defeat against Cork in Thurles.

Shefflin received his marching orders for a second bookable offence just before the break for a high tackle on Jamie Coughlan in a decision with infuriated the Kilkenny supporters in Semple Stadium.

"A lot of things went wrong for us but you make things go right for you," Cody told RTE after the game.

"We haven't been making excuses down the line up till now and we're not going to start today.

"I haven't been talking about referees for a long, long time and I'm not going to start doing it today when we're beaten becayse straight away it's a situation of sour grapes but I have my own thoughts.

"We don't have excuses we were beaten, the sending-off is a serparate issue that everyone else can have their own thoughts about.

"It's Cork's day and we're facing now what we haven't faced in a while but our spirit is intact.

"The players in that dressingroom have given tremendous service to Kilkenny and the game of hurling."

The question was posed 'Is this the end of era?' and Cody certainly feels it's not the end of Kilkenny

"There have been a few end of eras predicted over the past number of years.

"I don't think eras ever end to be honest.

"If end of an era means it's the end of the Kilkenny senior hurling team being competitive then that can't be allowed to happen."

Asked whetehr he will be at the helm with Kilkenny next year, Cody said: "There's no decision made about anything so we won't enven consider it for a long, long time."

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