'Our A v B games are hopping every night'

July 08, 2024

Cork's Brian Hayes with Limerick's Sean Finn. ©INPHO/Bryan Keane.

Brian Hayes cited the intensity of Cork’s internal matches as being central to their run to the All-Ireland SHC final.

The St Finbarr’s clubman scored 1-4 in a man of the match performance as the Rebels ousted five-in-a-row chasing Limerick to move within 70 minutes of a first Liam MacCarthy Cup success in 19 years.

"We're firm believers that the hardest games we're getting are internally," he told RTÉ.

"Our A v B's are absolutely hopping every night and, you know, we need to drive that over the next two weeks.

"It's brilliant, you know it's everything we wanted at the start of the year and it's brilliant to see the Cork crowd like this.

"We had the two games, the preliminary quarter-final and the quarter-final, and we felt like we didn't perform as well as we wanted to. We hit the ground running in training and we knew that we had it when we beat Limerick the last day, so we tried to do the same thing again today."

Hayes added: "We believe 100% in our own team and that's a testament to Gary Keegan (Ireland Rugby performance coach), we do a lot of work with him. We had that belief regardless of results. We believed and thankfully we got over the line in the end there today."

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