“Sometimes self criticism is good in the hope that you will improve for the next day. In saying all that,
I’m thrilled for the players after getting past a team of Dublin’s caliber. They character they showed was first class, particularly after conceding the goal.”
Cork goalkeeper Anthony Nash, who scored three huge points from frees in the course of the game, was also delighted with the win and the chance to play in an All-Ireland final.
Nash said, “I thought I’d never get there. The elation we had there in the dressing room versus the misery we had in the Munster final dressing room is obviously far different.
“We will put the head down. Clare and Limerick are two fantastic sides. Clare beat us three times this year and Limerick beat us in the Munster final deservedly so look, we’ll just get our own house in order and hopefully finish the right side of that as well.”
Goal scorer Patrick Horgan will watch this Sunday’s semifinal between Limerick and Clare but doesn’t care who comes through.
He admitted, “I don’t mind who it is. We are there and we are just going to enjoy the four weeks while we have them because you might never get a chance like this again.
“No one can say they can expect to be in the All-Ireland final, not even the very best of teams because it has gone so competitive.
“There are eight teams now who feel they can do it. It has gone so competitive that we will take it game by game. Look we are there and we will see what we make of it.”
Daly Will Mull Dublin Future
ANTHONY Daly won’t rush into any decision on his future after Dublin’s defeat to Cork in the All-Ireland semi-final on Sunday.
The Clare man’s deal as manager is now over but the County Board want him to stay.
Daly said, “Every single year I have been asked this question when the season is over and I have said nothing. You don’t make decisions in sad dressing rooms and that’s what down there at the minute.
“What the future holds may be out of my hands. In saying that, I don’t think there is a rush for a decision as of now. I’m sure there are lads out there who’ll be eager to take over that Dublin team.”
Murphy Looks Ready to Play
CORK expects to have Brian Murphy pushing hard for a starting place in the All-Ireland final next month after he appeared on the bench for Sunday’s semifinal win over Dublin, just months after he broke a collarbone.
Manager Jimmy Barry-Murphy confirmed, “We could have brought him on today if it was serious enough to bring him on. We were hoping to get away with it, but he will certainly be an option for the final, I think.”
Waterford’s Ryan Out
REPORTS have claimed that player power is behind the decision made by Michael Ryan to step down as Waterford hurling boss on Saturday. Former player Ken McGrath is the fans’ choice to succeed Ryan . . .
FORMER under-21 boss John Cleary is the favorite to take over from Conor Counihan as manager of the Cork football team . . .
GLEN Ryan has quit as manager of the Longford senior football team after five years in charge.