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Derek McGrath claims Cork are ‘very vulnerable’ as ‘outside noise’ seeps in

Derek McGrath Cork

The former Waterford boss has sympathy for Cork.

Former Waterford boss Derek McGrath has claimed that Cork’s players have allowed ‘outside noise’ set in and destabilise them, as their Munster Senior Hurling Championship hopes took a considerable hit on Sunday afternoon.

The Rebel County were undone by Clare at Semple Stadium, with the Banner’s fast start proving itself to be too hot to handle.

While the final score of 0-28 to 2-20 suggested a closely fought contest, it was anything but, with Cork left chasing Clare from the start after a rip-roaring opening quarter from their Munster rivals.

“They’re very vulnerable, and they have openly admitted that a nervousness has set in..”

Speaking on Sunday, McGrath offered his take on Cork’s recent malaise, suggesting that Kieran Kingston’s side have allowed the outside noise to seep in and destabilise them.

“We were looking for a reaction today, both a mental and physical reaction,” McGrath said on Cork. “Firstly, you make a physical commitment to the cause, and that’s not evident. It doesn’t manifest itself.

“I would imagine, if you were in the Cork camp over the last two weeks, you are listening to the outside noise. It permeates its way in, and it goes one or two ways.

“You react in a manner that shows you are saying that you are not standing for this anymore, or you fall apart at the seams. And that’s, unfortunately, what happened. They’re very vulnerable, and they have openly admitted that a nervousness has set in.

“When that sets in, the perception is that you are not trying, and there’s lazy analysis, and it can look an awful lot worse than it is. I think there are decent people at the helm there, and players.

“But the story looks very different when you look at it very closely.”

Cork’s malaise.

While Cork’s malaise is only three games old, it is a major cause for concern.

The Rebel County impressed in the Allianz National Hurling League campaign, before they were undone by Waterford in the final at Semple Stadium.

They followed that defeat up by losing badly at home to Limerick at Páirc Uí Chaoimh, and then losing to Clare in Thurles. As a result, it appears as if their hopes of landing an All-Ireland title are all but over.

They return to action on Sunday, May 15th, as they take on Waterford at Walsh Park.

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