Cork GAA legend Jimmy Barry Murphy has spoken of his pleasure at reaching the National Hurling Division 1A semi-finals; though also stating that he would rather have avoided a repeat of the Sunday’s Tipperary clash in two week’s time.
There aren’t many GAA men who merely initials will suffice for but JBM is certainly one of those. Speaking of Sunday’s result the St. Finbarr’s club man stated: “You’d prefer not to meet them again. In fairness, you’d like a change, but we could have got that if we won the group and we didn’t manage to do that today. The main thing is that we’re through to the semi-finals though. I thought it was a very tough game. Maybe not as tight marking as you’d get in a championship game, but there were some marvellous scores on both sides.
After we went four points down, we did well to come back and get a draw so I was pleased with that. Some of their scores were brilliant and some of their play, the way they found their men, I thought we have a long way to go until we’re up to that standard. But we’re getting there.”
The Rebels played out an entertaining 1-23 a piece draw with the Premier County as Pa Horgan scored a long range 74th minute equalizing point with the last puck of the game. Victory for the Leesiders would have seen them top the group and also avoid facing the 2009 All-Ireland winners once again.
Kilkenny hammered Galway by 25 points however, meaning that it is the Cats who will face Division 1B play-off winners (Clare or Limerick). Galway will face Dublin in a play-off to decide who is relegated from Division 1A with Wexford facing Laois to decide who is demoted from Division 1B.