The Cork footballers have no right to take Limerick for granted

The Cork footballers have no right to take Limerick for granted
Cork selector Sean Hayes, right, and manager Ronan McCarthy. Picture: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

CORK football coach Ronan McCarthy has urged his players to ignore the popular view that the Munster semi-final against Limerick at Páirc Uí Rinn tomorrow evening at 7pm is a foregone conclusion.

Despite being relegated from Division 2, Cork are overwhelming favourites to deny the Shannonsiders, who stunned Tipperary in the quarter-final, scoring three goals in the process.

“Cork are at a stage where we can't take any team for granted. What I say consistently is there is quality talent in the group to challenge any team, including the best teams, but we lacked a bit of consistency over the two seasons I've been in charge.

“We've no right to take any game or any opposition for granted or have an expectation because of history and past results.

“I can certainly guarantee that is something we are emphasising,” McCarthy told the Echo.

And the coach dismissed Limerick's lowly Division 4 position as irrelevant with a place in the Munster final in three weeks at stake.

“To my mind the structure of the GAA season is a bit strange. At one point in the season the league is the be-all-and-end-all.

“Four weeks later, as Limerick hurlers found out, it's now not important at all because the championship is the most important thing and the league can suddenly be disregarded overnight.

“Every team knows that if you have a good run in the championship no one cares what league you're in and that applies to ourselves and to Limerick.

“And I've no doubt that's the way Limerick will come into the game. For a team that has a good run in the championship you get the line that it's only the league."

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