Kingston happy with Cork win over Waterford but final causes concerns

Kingston happy with Cork win over Waterford but final causes concerns
Cork manager Kieran Kingston during the Co-op Superstores Munster Hurling League 2020 Group B match between Waterford and Cork at Fraher Field in Dungarvan, Waterford. Photo by Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile

A DESERVED win for Cork saw them reach the Co-Op Superstores Munster Senior League final after their 1-17 to 1-13 win over Waterford at Dungarvan yesterday.

The win means another match for Cork, but one that will also cause manager Kieran Kingston a few headaches.

The final is scheduled for January 12, the same weekend as Fitzgibbon Cup games and that is something he will have to look at ahead of then.

But for now he was happy with yesterday's win and the opportunity to look at a few players and a few in different positions ahead of the league and championship.

“Obviously we are happy with the win, but mostly it gives us the chance to look a few lads and give them an extended run in this campaign, especially the young lads that have been involved with the U20 or 21s in the last couple of years.

“It was good to see them finishing out the game and getting over the line. Look conditions were tough for both sides, the wind make it tough as times as well. But from out point-of-view we are happy with the performance of some of our lads and the overall performance as well.

“Credit to them they dug it out and at one stage Waterford were coming back at us and they reacted well. I think the most pleasing thing for me was they way they reacted each time that Waterford got close.”

On Bill Cooper playing at centre-back and Sean O'Donoghue coming on to play at midfield Kieran said: “We are trying different things in these games, with Bill at centre-back, Sean in midfield and Aidan Walsh also at midfield, we are just having a look at a few options at the moment. This is the time of year to do it.”

In terms of missing players he added that Eoin Cadogan had the flu and that was why he didn't line out.

“Others like Alan Cadogan, Christopher Joyce are still a few weeks away and Tim O'Mahony has an ankle injury but should be ok in a week or so as well. Colm Spillane is back with us as well, but he is still a bit away as well.”

Looking ahead to the final he said: “It's another game but we have 21 players involved with Fitzgibbon Cup and that's on the same weekend so that's something we are going to have to look at.”

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