Cork need to lay down a marker against Limerick, says marksman Pa Horgan

The Glen Rovers man was sent off in the Munster final defeat to the Treaty side last summer.

Pat Horgan almost helped Cork to an All-Ireland win last summer.
Pat Horgan almost helped Cork to an All-Ireland win last summer.
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PATRICK HORGAN HAS called on his fellow Cork hurlers to lay down a marker for the year by getting some measure of revenge for their Munster final defeat to Limerick when the two clash in the opening round of the league on Sunday.

Horgan (25) was one of Cork’s stand-out performers last year and topped their scoring charts as they lost out to Clare in the replayed All-Ireland final.

Relegation from Division 1A of the national league was the first blip on their year before suffering the agony of losing the Munster final and then the replayed All-Ireland final to Clare.

The skilful full-forward says a win on Sunday against Munster champions Limerick is paramount if they harbour intentions of making an immediate return to the top flight.

“It’s a big one for us. It’s the same for them too I suppose though,” said Horgan, who was controversially sent off against the Treaty men in last year’s Munster final.

“We’ll see what we can do this weekend and drive on from there for the rest of the season. But a win is something we have to have, two points against Limerick is vital,” he said.

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There was plenty of heartache and soul-searching following the Rebels defeat to Clare. For a brief moment it appeared as if Horgan had won the first game for Cork with his injury-time lead point. But after leaving Croke Park with a silver medal, Horgan and his Cork teammates are more determined than ever.

“We came back training harder than ever at the start of this year and we want to try and go one step further. And it’s week after week from now on, which is a good thing though.

“But realistically, we are back to square one like everyone else. We are not guaranteed anything, we are not even guaranteed that we’ll win a game this year. So we have to work hard again this year to get back again.”

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