Ryan delighted with Cork players' effort after reaching Munster SHL final

January 16, 2023

Cork manager Pat Ryan celebrates the win ©INPHO/Evan Treacy

Cork manager Pat Ryan says he was delighted with effort from his players in yesterday’s Munster SHL victory over Limerick at Pairc Ui Rinn.

The Leesiders edged a 0-20 to 1-16 victory against the Treaty men thanks to Brian Hayes’ late point and now look forward to a final date in the competition with Tipperary this Sunday.

Speaking to EchoLive.ie after the game, Ryan says the clash with Tipp next weekend would be of more value to his squad than an ordinary challenge match.

“We would have had a challenge game lined up for next week and this is a much more competitive game, where you can judge fellas better,” he said.

“Obviously, we’ve a good few fellas involved with us – 38, 40 lads, that kind of way. That’ll have to be cut down during the league, so this gives us a great opportunity to look at players in a game that’s viable.

“I’m delighted with the effort of our fellas outside there – we weren’t playing the full Limerick team or anything like that but I thought they tried fierce hard as well, for a crowd just back from holidays.

“It was a good lively game in good weather and I think the crowd got a good bit out of it.”

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