U20 boss Ring: We put our hearts and souls into the Munster final but now we focus on the All-Ireland

U20 boss Ring: We put our hearts and souls into the Munster final but now we focus on the All-Ireland
Padraig Power dejected at the final whistle. Picture: INPHO/Laszlo Geczo

CORK U20 hurling manager Denis Ring said the focus has already switched to the All-Ireland series.

The Rebel boss explained the players were gutted at losing a classic Munster final to Tipp after a late Jake Morris goal but would bounce back to take on Leinster winners Kilkenny on Saturday week.

“It was a gut-wrenching loss, both teams played very well, both teams put themselves in a position to win it, but unfortunately we came up short. We are very disappointed, we put our hearts and souls into it.

“It was a game of see-saw proportions and at the very end, we were a bit unlucky not to hang on. We got caught with a sucker punch and fair play to Tipperary. It was a very good goal by Jake Morris, it wasn’t a fluke and you would have to give him great credit for the way he took on the ball and scored.

Cork led by 1-9 to 1-5 midway through the first and were two points up in injury time thanks to a goal from sub Evan Sheehan.

“I think we lost the game in the last 10 minutes of the first half when we conceded a goal and a couple of points at that stage and we were disappointed with the way we defended then and it had a big say in the final result.

“But we are very proud of the performance the lads put in, they went to the well and came back more and more from it and their attitude was first class and we couldn’t be prouder of them. But, look, there is an opportunity to come back and undo this and we have to pick them up now for the Kilkenny match.”

In recent seasons Cork have won U17, minor and U21 crowns, but only managed an All-Ireland at U17, in 2017.

“A lot of these guys have three Munster titles and they haven’t got much credit for winning those. There were a lot of positives we can take out of the game. The match-ups were interesting and I think we got a lot of them right. There was only a puck of a ball between the two teams. It had some great play by both sides, as well as top-class tackling, hooking and blocking but I would much prefer to be involved in one that might end six to five and be on the winning side.”

Shane O’Regan and Daire Connery picked up knocks in the second half.

“We picked up a couple of injuries out there, with Shane O’Regan and Daire Connery, in particular, two we will have to look at in the coming days. But those two lads are going to be up and ready and wanting to play against Kilkenny.

“The lads are in recovery mode already and we have discussed the target and that’s the Celtic Cross and we have two matches to do that.”

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