Nash: We delivered for the fans they were hurting as much as we were

Nash: We delivered for the fans they were hurting as much as we were
Picture: INPHO/James Crombie

THE Cork hurlers delivered in style for their supporters after a hugely impressive victory over All-Ireland champions Limerick at the LIT Gaelic Grounds yesterday.

After being well off the pace in a defeat to Tipp a week earlier, the Rebels’ incredible work-rate and defensive steel were rewarded in a 1-26 to 1-19 win.

It puts John Meyler’s charges back in the mix to reach the Munster final, with Waterford at home on June 8 before a trip to Ennis eight days later.

Goalkeeper Anthony Nash explained afterwards that they owed it to themselves and the Leeside faithful to show what the team were really made of.

Picture: INPHO/James Crombie
Picture: INPHO/James Crombie

“It was great for the Cork public,” said Nash. “After being in another relegation final in the league and getting hammered by Tipperary, they thought the team hadn’t improved.

“We try and focus on what we do inside in our circle but it does get hard for your family and friends — they’re hurting as much as you are.”

Picture: Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile
Picture: Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile

The two-time All-Star believed the depth of the Cork panel was on show yesterday, with Mark Ellis and Aidan Walsh recalled to the starting 15, and 19-year-old Robert Downey making his debut.

While veterans Eoin Cadogan, Daniel Kearney, Seamus Harnedy, and Patrick Horgan were electric, young Deccie Dalton came on to clip over 0-2, while Alan Cadogan put his injury nightmare behind him to the tune of three points. It was the ultimate team effort.

“Over the winter we were really conscious of strengthening the panel,” said Nash.

“It’s not even a 20-man game, because teams go through the Munster Championship using 25 players or more. Conor Lehane was gone after five minutes and Alan Cadogan was in.

“Rob Downey had to go off after a great performance and Joycie was back in. Declan Dalton, Shane Kingston, and Stephen McDonnell came on.

“The next day, it could be a few different players.”

Picture: INPHO/James Crombie
Picture: INPHO/James Crombie

The Kanturk native is adamant Cork won’t get carried away with their display, however.

“We learned from last week, but we’ll learn from this too,” he said.

“We’ve a lot to improve. It wasn’t all doom and gloom after the Tipp game so we’ll be taking in the negatives from this win as well. That’s how you have to approach it.”

“This format is crazy, so it doesn’t mean we’re through. We showed what we can do if we turn up and perform, but we’ll need that again for Waterford.”

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