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VIDEO: Cork are a team on the road to greater things, says Cunningham

The Galway manager is full of praise for their opponents after yesterday’s All-Ireland SHC semi-final clash.

Cunningham.
Cunningham.
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GALWAY MANAGER ANTHONY Cunningham believes there is more to come from the Cork senior hurlers.

The two sides met to contest an All-Ireland SHC semi-final at Croker yesterday, with the Tribesmen winning by a margin of five points (0-22 0-17) to book a spot in next month’s final for the first time in seven years.

Speaking to TV3 yesterday, Cunningham said: ”We’re delighted to be in the final. When we met the panel as a management team back in November, we probably would have frightened them if we said we want to be in the All-Ireland final.

But they gave us a huge response really. It’s all about the players – there are 33 and they’re all fighting every night for places on the team.

“They really produced in the second half. Halfway through it, we got a couple of points but then Cork struck back again and there was probably a five or ten minute period where they were dominant. It was always going to be that type of game.”

Rebels boss Jimmy Barry-Murphy accepted his team were second best on the day, but was remaining positive about the progress they have made this year after the final whistle.

On their opponents, Cunningham added: “They are a fantastic team who are fantastically coached and managed. They’re definitely on the road to greater things.”

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