KIERAN Kingston may have seen his Cork aside bow out of the league at the first hurdle however the manager was far from downhearted at what his charges have gained from the experience.
The loss to Galway was Cork’s third defeat in five which is obviously not what anyone on Leeside wanted.
Yet while the man entrusted with bringing the good times back to Cork wasn’t thrilled with the result he feels Cork will get the benefits of the competition come summer.
“This was championship game in all but name and we really needed to win it – that is what we came for so we are really disappointed not to get a result.
“You want to be as competitive as you can in the league but I think we learned a lot about ourselves and we tried a lot of guys in different positions.
“There have been some huge changes since last year’s championship with some new personnel in different locations and that has been pleasing for us.
"Outside of not going on for another week or two, which wouldn’t be any harm of course, the league has been good for us in terms of what we have learned about ourselves more than anything else.”
Cork’s departure from the league at this stage means that there will be no competitive fixture until the second week in May.
While the long wait will be less than ideal for Cork the manager knows he can do little about that from where he finds himself now.
“It is not ideal of course but it is the same for many other counties. The league is run off so quickly now that you either have 10 weeks or eight weeks of a run in so that is just where we find ourselves now.
“We were happy enough (at half time) but there were an awful lot of mistakes from both sides early on with fumbling of the ball as the pitch on the day lent itself to that.
"We would have been happy at half time and again when we went a point up in the second half but obviously disappointed then not to close that out.
“Galway closed the game out much better than us and I thought we struggled in the last 10 minutes and we seemed to run out of legs totally even though there was still only a point in it at the end of normal time – and then we went on to lose by five at the end.”
Robbie O’Flynn’s red card was one of the main talking points of the afternoon but Kingston didn’t make too much of the Erins Own man’s dismissal.
“I haven’t had a chance to look back at it yet but from what I saw we couldn’t really have any complaints.”