'Bench was the key -- but we'll have to raise our game for Galway'
JIMMY BARRY-MURPHY has predicted more to come from his emerging Cork team but has cautioned that this display wouldn't nearly be good enough to beat Galway in the All-Ireland semi-final on August 12.
Barry-Murphy admitted that his team had realised a seasonal goal by getting back to Croke Park for a game.
"The target was Croke Park, and we're there now with a great chance," he acknowledged after a three-point win over Waterford.
"We are always trying to make the point that we are making progress, but it can be difficult.
"We've been a long way back on some of these teams for a number of years. I do think some of our guys are maturing. I think we are getting somewhere, at last.
"This display today wouldn't be good enough against Galway, but when you are there you have a chance.
"I didn't think we were outstanding. I think there is way more in the team, and we'll have to improve an awful lot against Galway to give them a good game."
He admitted that the nature of the league final defeat to Kilkenny in early May had really shaken Cork.
"That was a big setback, it made us really think and see how much progress were we really making. Maybe we weren't as good as we thought we were," said Barry-Murphy.
"It was a shock to the system and we were misled by some of our league performances."
Barry-Murphy also credited Tom Kenny for his firefighting duties on John Mullane, whose spell at half-forward for Waterford really brought them back into it in the first half.
"They took over completely, their half-back and midfield took over for a long time, but the subs Lorcan McLoughlin and Darren Sweetnam were a great help.
"John Mullane is their talisman, we knew we had to stop him. He had a very good game, but I thought Tom Kenny did an excellent holding job on him."
Waterford manager Michael Ryan admitted that Cork picked up momentum at the right time.
"They had a very strong bench and were playing with the wind in the second half. It's about momentum -- they hit the front at exactly the right stage in the game. Even after that, we had a couple of chances and we hit the post," he said.
Ryan sounded a positive note about the future, saying: "I think we've made progress. We started to build a team and to introduce five or six new players.
"We'll try to increase the strength of our panel and look for a few other guys. Overall, I think they had a stronger bench than we had today."