Cork manager, John Meyler, has downplayed the significance of his side’s 1-26 to 1-19 win over Limerick in the Gaelic Grounds today, instead choosing to focus on their upcoming clash with Waterford.
It was a vastly improved Cork performance from their heavy loss to Tipperary in Pairc Ui Chaoimh last week. Patrick Horgan was once again their top scorer with 1-9 to his name but the Glen Rovers man sent a number of shots wide with Daniel Kearney, Seamus Harnedy and replacement, Alan Cadogan, picking up the scoring slack instead.
Meyler was particularly pleased with his side’s work rate given their poor showing just seven days ago.
“We got some great scores, Hoggy’s [Patrick Horgan’s] goal midway through the second half was the turning point and it really drove us on. We didn’t want to end up with a six-point loss like last August in Croke Park.
“Every time Limerick got a score, we replied and it showed that resilience and that determination. We pushed on today, unlike last Sunday.”
While Limerick were poor throughout, a sensational goal from Graeme Mulcahy in the first-half threatened to derail Cork, however, Meyler’s side trailed by just two points at the break and stormed into the game in the second-half with their defence repeatedly cutting out the threat of Limerick’s potent forwards.
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Despite the pleasing performance, the manager insisted that his side will have to improve again for their test against a desperate Waterford next month.
“We have a game against Waterford now in three weeks time so we need to match that performance or better that performance in three weeks time because Waterford will come to Pairc Ui Chaoimh and try and get that win so we need to do better again.
“There’s five really, really good teams and the Munster Championship is competitive and you don’t take anything for granted. We knew that coming up today that we’d have to give a performance, we’d have to up our work rate which wasn’t good enough last Sunday and we got it today.
“Every game in the Munster Championship is huge. There was 30,000 there today, there was 30,000 in the Pairc last Sunday, there’ll be 30,000 in Pairc Ui Chaoimh in three weeks time.
“This is a fantastic championship, it’s a privilege to be involved and have a game every week instead of every four/five weeks. It’s brilliant for hurling and it just shows how supporters will support games that are competitive.”