AFTER Cork’s first game of the hurling league campaign, against Waterford away, at Walsh Park, their manager, Kieran Kingston, was naturally disappointed, but also praised the young spine of the team.
They had been favourites to win and they scored two goals in the first three minutes, so the expectation seemed justified. But Waterford led by half-time and held on for a victory despite a late goal from Shane Kingston, his second.
“We are very disappointed with the loss,” Kingston said.
“Obviously, we came down here to win. I thought we could have gotten at least a draw out of it, at the end, but disappointed we didn’t get a win out of it, no doubt about it.
“The bottom line is we scored 3-17 and didn’t get a win away from home, here at Walsh Park, which is not an easy place to come to, so, yeah, disappointed.
“But one of the pleasing factors was the way we threatened the goal at times; we got three and could have had another one or two, maybe, so that was a pleasing aspect of the game for us.
“However, scoring 3-17 was great, but our conversion rate was very poor, compared to them, and frees conceded were very poor, so they are things that we can work on and it’s good, at this time of the year, to realise that,” Kingston said.
“You’re not going to win with a conversion rate like that or conceding that amount of frees.
“Look, you can make excuses about time of year, etc, for the misses, but there were plenty of them we should have converted.
“There is no easy game in this league and, on a given day, every team can beat the other.
“We have Tipperary now, next week, and that is another tough game, especially as we have fellas playing during the week.”
On a positive note, Kieran Kingston concluded by saying that: “A 20-year-old playing full-back, a 22-year-old at centre-back, centre-forward, and full-forward, so it was nice to have a young spine up the middle today and they all acquited themselves well.”