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Published: 08:52 | 19/6/17

No complaints, says McGrath

Waterford manager Derek McGrath says he has "no complaints" following Sunday's 1-15 to 0-23 Munster Senior Hurling Championship semi-final defeat to Cork at Semple Stadium.

Cork will meet Clare in the final in Thurles on 9 July in the first final between the teams since 1999, as the hotly-fancied Deise wilted in the heat in the second half, after going in level at 0-10 apiece at the break.

"It's disappointing from our point of view, everything we talked and planned to do, we just didn't do," McGrath told Newstalk.

"I thought we were lucky to be in it at half-time. SOK [Goalkeeper Stephen O'Keeffe] kept us in it in the first half with a couple of brilliant saves [from Alan Cadogan and Pa Horgan]. 

Waterford now drop down to the qualifiers after missing out on a third consecutive Munster final appearance, where they will meet either Kilkenny, Westmeath, Dublin, Carlow or Offaly, and McGrath admits that his side were out-thought and outplayed by Kieran Kingston's Cork side.

"We were actually fairly conventional on the day and it didn't suit us. We wanted, with the breeze, we wanted a situation whereby Cork would be coming into bodies as opposed to the way it worked. And, we ended up basically chasing the game in terms of everyone going for the ball when we had the long puc-out strategy in the first half.

"We didn't play our game which is the disappointing thing and I think Cork actually played a mini-version of our game if you like at the end, with 13 or 14 bodies behind the ball. They have the skill to manipulate the ball. 

"No complaints, no complaints, I've been championing how good Cork have been and I'm not trying to prove myself right on it but they're just a better team all round."

Kingston was delighted by the victory, as he felt Cork "didn't get the credit" for their 0-22 to 0-13 quarter-final victory over All-Ireland champions Tipperary.

"There was a lot written about this team during the league, and justifiably so, in terms of our consistency game to game and that's something we've been working hard on," he said.

"On the back of the Tipperary game, to be honest I think the team didn't get the credit in some quarters that it deserved for the display against what is an outstanding Tipperary team.

"I'm delighted they put in that performance today."

Image: Inpho/Oisin Keniry 

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