IT goes without saying that Cork boss John Meyler was very disappointed at the final whistle in Limerick last night as he reflected on a two-point Munster final loss for his U21 side.
“I was delighted with the commitment and the effort of the players and we just lacked that small bit of composure there at the end to get a goal.
“Limerick defended well so fair dues to them, that’s really it.
The Cork team boss acknowledged that the start that Limerick had got off to, firing over seven unanswered points before Cork finally got on the board after 15 minutes with a point from Shane Kingston was a factor in the eventual loss.
“Yes, they got a good couple of points there in the opening 10 to 15 minutes and that gave them the platform to drive on from there.
“If we had kept it back a bit we’d have been in a better position at half-time. We didn’t have it and you would say that we were always chasing the game and could not get ahead of them on the scoreboard.
“We needed a goal there in the second-half and we just could not get one but Limerick defended well."
Cork did get very close as the game entered its final minutes but there was an acknowledgment that the loss of some key players was crucial.
“Yes, we needed Darragh Fitzgibbon there, Luke Meade too and Billy Hennessy. They had played very well for us and they were a big loss but, look, the lads played really well there and we are certainly proud of them."
After such a slow start, Cork were just four points in arrears going to the dressing rooms and with the wind advantage to come in the second-half.
“There was a strong wind and we were only four points down but Limerick came back out and got a few more points and that really settled them down again.
“Look, they took their points well and we just could not get that second goal which might have made all the difference.
“We had one or two chances, Dalton had one over the bar, Shane had one over the bar but that was it, fair dues to the Limerick lads and well done to them."