Jimmy Barry-Murphy has said he is thrilled with Cork’s victory over Clare, but added that it does not make up for last September’s All-Ireland defeat.
The Rebels made it to a second successive Munster Final after proving too strong for Clare in Thurles, but Barry-Murphy says that the All-Ireland defeat to the same opposition still lingers.
“This doesn’t make up for the All-Ireland Final, nothing does,” he said.
The general consensus is that this Cork team has improved from the team that lost provincial and All-Ireland finals last year, but the manager is keen to point out that his team have a long way to go to prove themselves.
“I was thrilled for the players,” he told reporters.
“The replay against Waterford was a great help, but this team has won nothing yet,” he added.
The final will take place on home soil for the Rebels and Barry-Murphy is eagerly looking forward to the game.
“We were beaten fairly and squarely last year.”
“The Munster Final is always special.”