‘You don’t need to tell me how good Clare are,’ says JBM

You don’t have to remind Jimmy Barry Murphy about how to prepare for the challenge of Clare. After six competitive meetings in 2013 including two rollercoaster All-Ireland deciders, the Banner’s credentials are almost as familiar as his own county’s as the growing rivals open a new chapter this Sunday.
“It’s a huge challenge of course. We know the calibre of the team we’re meeting, you don’t need me to tell you how good Clare are.
“We’re really looking forward to it. It should be a great occasion, a repeat of the All-Ireland final and we’re playing the All-Ireland champions. What more could you want. It’ll be a fantastic occasion.
“We’ve a week’s rest, which isn’t too bad, but at least we’re there now. The cards have been dealt, we’ll recover now, and the win should stand to us. We’re hopeful we’ll give a good account of ourselves.”
Despite his ever-positive attitude, Jimmy Barry Murphy’s optimistic tones were certainly tested after the drawn game with Waterford that almost saw their Munster Championship campaign crumble at the first hurdle. And once they obtained a second chance, they were not about to pass it up.
“We were very poor in the drawn game, I couldn’t get my head around why. Today we recovered from that display and showed a better attitude. We picked up our pace. We’ve started poorly in games but we improved today.
“A lot of our players were unhappy with their performances the last day. We got a draw and probably might not have deserved it, but our comeback was positive, we built on that and showed better attitude all over the field, every one
of our players, and I thought we showed that today.
“A lot more of our players showed their true form today and I’m delighted with that.”
While Clare are familiar to JMB, a new look Cork will certainly need scrutinising from a Banner perspective as last year’s Munster and All-Ireland finalists have introduced a completely new spine to their side with Damien Cahalane, Mark Ellis, Aidan Walsh, Bill Cooper and Alan Cadogan all making an immediate impact in the Munster Championship to date.
“The Munster championship is a tough environment, you saw that with Limerick and Tipp. I thought Alan [Cadogan] got one very good score and was fouled on a number of occasions, I thought he looked very threatening. Bill [Cooper] did very well. He had a great campaign with Youghal, he’s worked his way into the team and was excellent today. In fact, the whole team showed huge improvement, you couldn’t single anyone out from one to fifteen.
“The half-back line did well also. [Centre-back] is very new to Mark [Ellis] but he was outstanding. Christopher Joyce was as well but we’ve a huge test next Sunday and we’ll see how our new players do then.”

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