ALAN Cadogan believes that Cork’s need to secure a Munster final berth at the hands of Waterford next Sunday is even greater now given the quality of the teams that are going to be in the All-Ireland qualifiers.
“If you ask any inter-county team or players they’d all say that they want to go through the front door rather than the backdoor.
“You make it to a Munster final and the worst you can expect is an All-Ireland quarter-final.
“Everyone wants to go through that front door because the qualifiers will get more and more competitive as teams go in there.
“Kilkenny are in there now, Tipperary, Dublin, Limerick and ourselves or Waterford will join them next week depending on how next Sunday goes.
“Who would not want to go through the front door if that’s the alternative.’’ The Douglas club man was delighted with how the team performed in the victory over Tipperary and the prospect of a Munster final with Clare is a huge incentive but it has to be one step at a time.
“Kieran Kingston and the management team have stressed we can only focus on the next game.
“We can’t take our eye off the ball, we can only control the controllables and if we don’t perform against Waterford next Sunday then nobody will remember the Tipperary game.
“We are focusing totally on Waterford and trying to put in another 70-minute performance as we did against Tipperary’’ Cadogan was very impressed with the input of the new, younger lads on the team against Tipperary.
“The five lads who started against Tipp have fitted in perfectly since they joined the panel, and their play reflected that in the game.
“They were not fazed by anything, their markers, anything and all they wanted to do was go out and hurl.’’