Paul Kerrigan: We need to be more clinical

Kerry put on an accurate shooting display to beat Cork in the Munster final on Sunday

Paul Kerrigan: We need to be more clinical

Paul Kerrigan of Cork. Image: ©INPHO/Cathal Noonan

Cork's Paul Kerrigan believes his side need to up their intensity if they are to challenge the top sides in this season's Championship.

The Rebels were well beaten by a rampant Kerry side in the Munster final at Fitzgerald Stadium in Killarney on Sunday.

Speaking to Newstalk Sport's Oisin Langan after the match, he pin-pointed slow starts in both halves as key to their loss. 

"The start of the two halves killed us," he said, adding: "Four-nil before we scored in the first half and five-nil before we scored in the second half. In the first half, once we maybe closed the gap between the two 45s', they were getting easy ball in the half-forward line.

"Once we closed that, we ran it from deep and we got a good bit of joy and were unlucky not to have a goal as well.

"We kind of closed the gap to half-time. At half-time then we were relatively calm and were obviously looking for a good start - couldn't get the ball out of our half in the second half and very quickly it went from ten or eleven to fifteen or sixteen (points). That's a big gap compared to three or four points because if you get a goal early and go on a roll, you never know.

"Once we did get it out of our half, we had two or three goal chances and I suppose, Kerry are used to playing at a higher level of intensity and, they were so clinical, I think they had 17 shots before they had a wide. That's unbelievable against any team.

"I'd say we had five goal chances and we didn't take any. We need to be taking everything we can get. That level of intensity and that level of being clinical - we just have to get up to it. As I said, it's them and Dublin and that's why they're up there," he added.

The full post-match interview can be heard here: