CORK manager John Considine is looking forward to the remainder of the Munster Minor Hurling Championship following the U17s' 0-26 to 3-13 win over Clare at Páirc Uí Chaoimh last weekend.
After watching his young charges show tremendous grit in the second half, having coughed up three goals in the opening 30 minutes, Considine praised their overall determination.
“It was the manner we won this game impresses me it as we didn’t take control until the closing six minutes when we held Clare scoreless but we kept our best until last,” said the experienced Considine.
“Let’s be honest we weren’t doing too much wrong and a goal goes in so we continue to battle and then we are punished with another two goals but on the positive side the lads simply refused to panic,” added Considine.
Having enthusiastic players is half the battle according to Considine.
“Luke Horgan and Daniel Hogan are U16 so we have some nice players coming through this county and the camaraderie in our camp is spot on.”
The sending off of the Clare-half back Tony Butler was a game changer according to Considine.
“At this level it always makes a difference but look at no stage did I feel we were going to lose this game as our fitness and condition is spot on and with the schedule we have in the coming weeks I am hoping it will stand to us.”
Cork will travel to Thurles on Sunday next to play Tipperary, at 12pm, and Considine is unsure how a noon clash will go down for his team.
“The plan will be different as you have young lads getting out of bed early and then heading to a fairly empty stadium but look all I will guarantee the Cork hurling supporters is another wholehearted performance,” concluded Considine.
The Clare boss Sean Doyle believes his side were at the end of some poor refereeing decisions.
“I thought Tony Butler received a harsh second yellow card for his sending off but look when you look at the first half and read the stats of 13 frees for Cork against our two you know there was an unbalance in that department,” said Sean Doyle.
Doyle paid tribute to his team in the manner they battled in the closing 20 minutes.
“My lads really battled and were two points up with six minutes remaining with 14 men but some basic errors in the end came back to haunt us,” added Doyle.
“In the end Cork had too much legs for us but for sheer effort I couldn’t have asked my lads to do anymore for the cause.”
Clare lost to Cork in last year’s Munster final but Doyle felt they were ready for the Rebels on this occasion.
“We fancied our chances coming down here but look we will roll on for next week when we face Waterford as the lads are a great group and the fast turnaround will not shift our focus.”
A seven-day turnaround is not the ideal preparation for young players but Doyle believes they have to get used to the new schedule.
“Maybe we will have a couple of sessions in the pool and although it won’t be easy once the attitude is right everything else will hopefully fall into place.”