Burke turns up the heat as Tribe finish in style
ANTHONY CUNNINGHAM'S frantic weekend finished on a decidedly upbeat note in Páirc Uí Chaoimh yesterday with his Galway charges pulling off a sensational comeback to end Cork's unbeaten start to Division 1A.
It had looked, briefly, like Cunningham would witness a second draw in just 24 hours after Garrycastle near miss on St Patrick's Day but a late show by the genial Niall Burke ensured the Tribesmen came away with both points to join the Rebels and Tipperary in a tie for joint second in the Division.
Burke whipped first-time on a pass from Joseph Cooney past Donal Óg Cusack to propel Galway into an injury-time lead and then finished the job with a sensational point from the wing to complete a remarkable turnaround from a stage in the first half when they trailed by eight points.
"Eight points is a big lead to lose and it was a big turnaround when we ended up losing by four," noted Jimmy Barry Murphy afterwards, while Cunningham insisted could see flashes of the Cork manager in Burke's strike.
"It was a great finish, just clipping it first time and probably reminiscent of Jimmy Barry-Murphy's goals here in former times," he said.
"We'd very poor shooting early on. There were 17 chances created in the first-half and we only converted seven. There was a bit of naivety maybe after last weekend when we played well with a lot of younger guys thinking they just had to turn up," added Cunningham.
In Thurles, Waterford manager, Michael Ryan admitted he was concerned about his team's performances after a third straight heavy defeat, this time to TIPPERARY, 0-31 to 2-15.
"Everybody is down in the dressing room and we have a lot of lifting to do," Ryan conceded after Noel McGrath (0-7, 1f) and Pádraic Maher produced top class displays to condemn the Déise, most likely, to a relegation play-off.
"We have to start performing and performing fast.
"I'm not that bothered about results but what I am bothered about is the level of performance that - it's simply not good enough. We'll have to look at our fitness, game-plan, attitude and focus.
"We're just not up to the pace of the game. We don't look sharp, we don't look fit and we don't look mentally focused."