Cork manager Jimmy Barry-Murphy is relieved that his side have avoided Tipperary in the Munster Senior Hurling Championship draw.
The Rebels will face either Clare or Waterford at the provincial semi-final stage although Barry-Murphy insisted that although there is no such thing as an easy draw, avoiding the Premier County has come as a breath of fresh air.
“After facing Tipp so often in the last few years, it’s good to get a break from them,” Barry-Murphy told the Irish Sun.
Despite going straight through to the last four, he would have preferred a quarter final fixture, “It’s always a help to have the extra game in the preliminary round. Some people like to look at the opposition, but I always think you learn more from having the extra game, so that’s an advantage Clare or Waterford are going to have over us.”
Barry-Murphy also sees the Banner men as potential dark horses next year with their minor success an indication of the threat they will pose in the next few years.
“Their performance in the Under 21 final was sensational. Their skill level was fantastic,” said Baryy-Murphy, before adding, “They are a coming team, whereas Waterford, a bit like ourselves, are suffering because of a lack of minor and Under 21 success. We are in a rebuilding process, as are Waterford, so it will be interesting to see how the next year pans out.”