Meyler: We're unbeaten and it's in our own hands now to reach the Munster final

Meyler: We're unbeaten and it's in our own hands now to reach the Munster final
Cork manager John Meyler. Picture: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

CORK hurling boss John Meyler is quite satisfied with the position that his team finds itself in going into their final game of the re-structured Munster championship against Waterford in Thurles on Sunday week.

It’s still all to play for in the province with all five counties still in the chase in trying to extend their championship summer.

Cork are top of the pile with four points from three games with Limerick a point behind after two games.

Clare are a further point behind after their two assignments with Tipp another point behind them on two from three games.

Waterford's Jamie Barron gets the ball stolen by Billy McCarthy. Picture: INPHO/James Crombie
Waterford's Jamie Barron gets the ball stolen by Billy McCarthy. Picture: INPHO/James Crombie

Waterford are rooted to the bottom with just one point from two games but certainly not out of it if they could defeat Limerick next Sunday and Cork the weekend after.

However, nothing will be definite until the next two weekends are completed.

“We have four points and are unbeaten, that’s how we look at it," Meyler told the Echo in the aftermath of their thrilling draw against Limerick on Saturday night.

“We came unstuck midway through the second-half and Limerick went three points ahead of us and, in fairness, they played really well in that period.

“But I thought for us to come back and hit them with three points at the end showed fantastic character from the lads, something that we showed too in Thurles last Sunday.

“Playing three games in 13 days is hard but we really rose to the occasion in the last five or 10 minutes.’’ 

Being in the position that Cork are in now is something that he would have taken at the start of the competition.

“I would have taken that, we have not been beaten, we are unbeaten and that’s the big thing and we bring that to Thurles next Sunday week.

“Playing Waterford up there is going to be extremely hard and competitive, we know that and we know what we have to do that day." 

Meyler believes that the new structure has been an outstanding success.

“All the games are extremely competitive, that’s what you want. The three games that we have been involved in have been incredibly exciting.

“Last Sunday in Thurles, here in Páirc Uí Chaoimh, what was it, 53 points here in front of 35,000 on a Saturday night, you could not ask for more, they got their value for money.’’

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