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Cork manager John Meyler. Picture: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile
Cork manager John Meyler. Picture: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile

Meyler: I was disappointed with our second half but we must be happy with our progress so far

CORK boss John Meyler gave advance notice to his players in the dressing room at half-time that they could expect a serious response from Tipperary in the second-half of their Munster SHC clash at Semple Stadium yesterday.

Cork led by nine points at the interval but the Premier County fought back magnificently in the closing half to secure a share of the spoils.

"They have been in a few All-Irelands over the last few years, league finals too, their pride was dented after the Limerick game so they were really coming for a cut.

"But if you had said to me before the start of the competition that we’d have three points at four o’clock today I would have been happy.

"I am disappointed with the second-half performance overall and that’s something we need to look at now ahead of the Limerick game." 

One of the Cork stars yesterday was Shane Kingston with a haul of 1-5 from play and the manager was quick to acknowledge his contribution.

"He has matured like Darragh Fitz, Mark Coleman and Luke Meade, they are still only 21 or so and it’s unfair to ask a 21-year-old to carry the team.

Shane Kingston hits the net. Picture: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile
Shane Kingston hits the net. Picture: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile

"There’s great legs in Kingston and he got a great goal and some crucial points too.

"The likes of Harnedy and Kearney emptied the tank as well.

"That’s the key, to spread the scoring load, midfield and the half-back line giving scores and that was positive today." 

Meyler revealed that Michael Cahalane who didn’t feature in the squad for the two games to date will be available for selection for the Limerick game.

“We purposefully didn’t put Mikey Cahalane in because he was struggling with a hamstring but he’s fully recovered now, fully back but we didn’t want to put him in today in case he got injured so you are trying to balance that there with next Saturday night." 

Cork now lead the table with three points from two games, Clare have two from two, Limerick have two from one, Tipperary have one from two games while Waterford are without a point after one outing.

The Banner got the better of the Déise, who had Kevin Moran sent off, in Ennis, though Derek McGrath's side have been undermined by injuries. Austin Gleeson, Pauric Mahony and Tadhg de Burca are among the high-profile casualties.