CORK coach Ronan McCarthy admitted his side will have regrets over not claiming a major scalp in Tyrone at Croke Park on Saturday.
Last year’s All-Ireland finalists fought back from two goals down early in the second-half to win by 2-15 to 2-12 and reach the last-four again.
The defeat ended Cork’s hopes of progressing from their first venture in the Super 8s with a dead-rubber to come against Roscommon on Sunday week.
“It is hard for us to take. It is going to hurt, and hurt massively for a while, but that is the nature of it. There will be regrets,” McCarthy said after the game.
“The lesson is that when you are on top, you need to drive it home. And when the opposition are on top, you go back to basics and doing basics well.
“We didn’t do that, at times. I don’t want to be overly critical of the players. There is a marvellous group of players there.
“They want to be successful with Cork. Certainly, they are putting everything they can into doing that,” he added.
McCarthy took little comfort from the progress made in 12 months considering the heavy beatings suffered against Kerry and Tyrone last season and the obvious improvements made.
“We can come away from this patting ourselves on the back saying we were competitive against the top teams.
“We went to beat Kerry, we didn’t beat them. We have come away from another game which was certainly within our grasp and we haven’t closed it out.
“Others might look at it and say we have made progress, but we are bitterly disappointed with the fact that we haven’t made progress,” he commented.