AFTER Cork got their league campaign off to a winning start hurling manager, John Meyler, was full of praise for his side.
“I’m delighted with the performance and anytime you play Kilkenny it’s always going to be intense and competitive and that game certainly was competitive.
“We upped our game in the second-half and Conor (Lehane) got a couple of nice points, Tim O’Mahony was outstanding at centre-back so yea was happy with the performance.
“But look it’s still only two points at the end of the day and now we turn our attention to Wexford next Sunday.
“The older players like Conor, Anthony Nash and Patrick Horgan have given the younger players a level of confidence to go out and express themselves and that’s what they did.
“We knew what was in them, we are delighted with all of them. We played youth last year and will continue to play them this year and that is the way forward.
“We weren’t that sharp though in the first-half and I thought we were sloppy and we had eight turnovers compared to Kilkenny’s two.
“But once we cut out the unforced errors, coming out of defence with the ball and playing it up to the lads in the right way we were much more competitive.
“But look that will come and Kilkenny were sharper than us at times, but I’d expect that as they played a couple of competitive ties lately.
“It’s only a start, it’s only a win, it’s only two points, that’s all it is really.
“We need to get these fellas recovered now, back training on Tuesday and prepare for the Wexford game.
“As I said I was delighted with the lads, Shane Kingston got a couple of critical scores and Luke Meade came on and played well, but these lads and the likes of Darragh Fitzgibbon have to step up to the next level now and it’s a learning curve for them and the younger lads who have come in as well.
“It’s also good to have Eoin Cadogan back, he’s a winner and has a presence in the dressing-room and that’s why I wanted him back,” concluded John.