CORK boss John Meyler knows quite a bit about hurling in Kerry, having been successful at club and inter-county level down there and he acknowledged that the team that defeated Cork yesterday had played some good hurling.
“It was level enough there early on but then Kerry got some good scores, five or six points and then they got the goal which steadied them and they played some good hurling, I thought.
“Just like the other two games that we played in the Munster League, we were using it to try and find some new players and one or two fellows there we were quite happy with today.
“We must focus ourselves for two weeks time when we play Kilkenny in the league.”
Cork have now completed the three games in the pre-season competition and the Cork boss believes it has served its purpose well enough.
“I thought Eoghan Keniry did quite well today, that’s what we are looking for and a squad is going to be important now in the national league and in the Munster championship so it’s critical that we find these players.”
Meyler revealed that the first team squad had trained in Carton House over the weekend and will play Galway in a challenge game next weekend.
“We’ll play Galway now next Sunday. We have a few players with niggles and bumps and we are minding people. We were away training for two days, that went very well, a few players have slight niggles but they should be back training on Tuesday.
“The Fitzgibbon is coming up this week too, UCC are playing CIT and there will be a lot of players involved in that. Was he disappointed with how the team on duty had performed? “I expected more but we went out with the sole purpose of using these three games against Limerick, Clare and here to try and find more players and that’s critical.
“We need more players than what we had last year and a few of the U21s, Tim O’Mahony, Darren Browne and Robbie O’Flynn, Jack O’Connor too stepped and we were pleased with that.
“We are trying to expose them without putting too much pressure on them, build them up slowly.”