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08th Jul 2024

Pat Ryan’s take on Cork celebrating their win is hugely refreshing to see


Pat Ryan said Cork would celebrate their win over Limerick on Sunday night.

Cork pulled off a famous victory over Limerick on Sunday, dethroning their rivals and ending their five-in-a-row bid.

Brian Hayes was man-of-the-match but Cork had heroes all over the field as, for the second time this year, they got the better of John Kiely’s side.

Cork were seven points to the good at one stage in the second half with Seamus Harnedy, Shane Barrett and Darragh Fitzgibbon having roared into the game after half-time.

7 July 2024; Shane Barrett of Cork during the GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship semi-final match between Limerick and Cork at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Ray McManus/Sportsfile

But through the impact of their subs Adam English and Shane O’Brien and the brilliance of Aaron Gillane, Limerick rallied to reduce the gap to two down the stretch. It set up the most frantic of finales to a brilliant contest but in the end Cork held out for a 1-28 to 0-29 victory.

It sends them through to the All-Ireland final where they’ll take on Clare in two weeks time in Croke Park on Sunday July 21. It will be a repeat of the 2013 decider with Clare beating Kilkenny in the other semi-final, banishing the demons of 2022 and 2023 when they disappointingly lost to the Cats at the last four stage.

Cork’s youth and pace make them a very entertaining team to watch and endears them to their supporters. A huge Cork crowd has followed them all year and it was the same on Sunday, making for a tremendous atmosphere in Croke Park where the biggest crowd ever gathered for an All-Ireland hurling semi-final.

Unsurprisingly, the atmosphere was electric in the stadium.

Many remarked that it felt like an All-Ireland final given the crowd and the atmosphere but that remains two weeks away. Still, refreshingly, Cork manager Pat Ryan said he would allow his team to celebrate the victory when speaking to RT√Č after the game.

7 July 2024; Brian Hayes of Cork celebrates after the GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship semi-final match between Limerick and Cork at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

“We’ve nothing won, we’re into an All-Ireland final,” he said.

“Lads will celebrate tonight because you have to celebrate all your victories in amateur sport.

“Fellas will really enjoy it and we’ll look after what happens with Clare next week,” he added.

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