CORK’s defeat by Tipperary in the All-Ireland U20 final left the county with an empty hurling plate for the year but team boss Denis Ring believes that the future is still bright for a lot of his players.
Cork were left reeling after a whirlwind start from Tipperary that yielded four goals in seven minutes.
"Very disappointing, devastating because our lads had put so much time and effort into it," he said.
“We thought going into it that we were in a pretty good place but they blitzed us with those goals early on but they did that against Wexford as well and they have done it in all their games really. They have scored goals with ease and unfortunately we could not counter it."
Despite the shattering defeat, Ring, however, had nothing but praise for his players and for their effort over the season.
“Absolutely, they are a fantastic bunch of lads, what they have given us over the season has been phenomenal. Some of these guys are going to go on and become very good senior players.
"They will learn an awful lot from today but that’s not much consolation for them after this game.
“I could not be prouder of them, even in the circumstances after that terrible start, they tried to make a fist of it in terms of what they did and they are fantastic young lads.
"They could have capitulated altogether which might have happened to a lesser bunch but they fought valiantly there in the second-half to try and get back into the game."
Ring believed that the momentum that Tipperary had brought into the game after the success of their senior side had been very important.
“We had spoken about that and of the need to try and get a good start, even winning the throw-in. We wanted to take it to them from the word go but, I suppose, they have a lot of quality and three of them had All-Ireland senior medals in their pockets from last Sunday.
"The confidence was there where they were concerned and they had the confidence too from the Wexford game when they scored eight goals.
“They felt they could take on the world following that and from the senior match last week."