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Cork manager Ronan McCarthy prior to the 2020 McGrath Cup Group B match between Kerry and Cork at Austin Stack Park in Tralee, Kerry. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
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Cork manager Ronan McCarthy prior to the 2020 McGrath Cup Group B match between Kerry and Cork at Austin Stack Park in Tralee, Kerry. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
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Cork coach calls for perspective as Cork hit 6-19 past Kerry in ‘a workout’

PERSPECTIVE was a word widely used after Cork compiled a whopping 6-19 in Kerry's backyard.

Cork coach Ronan McCarthy was naturally pleased with the outcome, but stressing the time of the year, as well.

“We played a few challenge games before Christmas, but a competitive game is always better and it was good to get minutes into fellows' legs.

“It was a good work out with a nice mix of also giving fellows experience and we will rotate things fully for the next game against Tipperary on Thursday.

“We want to win games. If we win on Thursday we will have a third game in the final and that's what we want,” he said.

All the talk centred on the full-forward line of newcomers Damien Gore and Cathal O'Mahony along with the returning Ciaran Sheehan.

“Damien and Cathal are top quality players and there's no point in pretending otherwise.

“The pair have very bright futures ahead of them and they've a great work ethic and attitude.

“However we need to be steady as well with them. Young fellows can do well initially and then go into a lull so we need to be patient.

“It's important to keep doing the right things with them. They have the quality which is the key thing.”

Sheehan scored one point, but was involved in a lot of others, much to McCarthy's delight.

“He's only back six weeks at this stage and we've minded him by taking him out of games. The plan was to get 50 minutes into him today.

“Ciaran still has it, a brain and an ability to bring players into games and a cultured left foot, but, like the other two, we're going to have to mind him and be patient.

“He's done far better than I would have anticipated for the length of time he was away. He might have a little lull at some stage and we'll just work through it with him.”

The only downside was a bad hamstring injury suffered by corner-back Nathan Walsh, who had to be stretchered off the pitch early in the second-half.

“He's had no luck with injuries and I wouldn't be optimistic about this one because it looks like a bad tear,” McCarthy concluded.