"The mix wasn't right and I think it was that way for the year really" - Murray

August 08, 2022

Cork's Katrina Mackey and Hannah Looney dejected after the defeat to Kilkenny ©INPHO/Bryan Keane

Ex-Cork camogie manager Paudie Murray says he was “puzzled” by his former team’s approach in yesterday’s All-Ireland final against Kilkenny.

The Rebels went down in a 1-13 to 1-12 defeat at Croke Park, where Sophie O’Dwyer’s 58th minute goal helped capture the O’Duffy Cup for the Cats.

Speaking on The Sunday Game afterwards, Murray, who led Cork to four All-Ireland crowns during his reign, didn’t hold back when citing where he felt it went wrong for his county.

“I think the biggest issue this year is they went with a sweeper. It puzzled me because if you look at our six backs, I think we had enough pace to counter any of the opposition,” he stated.

“So when you’re taking a player from your forward line, you’re always going to be in trouble in your forward line. 

“Also, I would’ve liked to see the likes of Sorcha McCartan and Chloe Sigerson out the field and maybe put the likes of Amy [O'Connor] and Katrina [Mackey] on the edge of the square because their pace is going to trouble any opponent.

“I just think the mix wasn’t right and I think it was that way for the year really.”

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