CORK team boss John Meyler has been through it all before as a player and a manager but surely this Cork victory in such dramatic circumstances will live long in the memory.
Deccie Dalton buried a penalty with the last puck of the game to turn a two-point loss into a 2-17 to 1-19 win for the Rebel U21s away to Waterford in the Munster semi-final.
“There’s a huge relief of course but we can up it 10 or 20 percent on our first-half performance.
“That was not acceptable and we told them that at half-time. When they came back out in the second-half, Darragh Fitzgibbon got on the ball, Deccie Dalton got frees, he caught puck-outs but we still have a good bit to go to catch Limerick after what we saw from them."
Cork fielded quite a few senior players and, whilst some of them might not have shone that brightly, the Cork boss was delighted with some of the others.
“You credit the fellows outside of the senior panel, Dalton got 1-12, Tim O’Mahony came in and set up a goal so I would be delighted for them but we have work to do before we meet Limerick (July 26)."
Cork lost Darragh Fitzgibbon to a red card and the Cork boss said that they will have a look at it with regard to making an appeal.
“We will have a look at it and we’ll see. It’s a bit harsh but we’ll have a look, certainly.
“We will now focus on the challenge of Limerick, they were impressive last night against Clare and it was 1-15 to 1-3 after 20 minutes and the game effectively was over and they have some really good players.
“We know the challenge that is coming towards us and we’ll be ready. The players will go back to their clubs for a bit and we’ll have a good chat after this.
“We’ll get a bit of ground work in before the seniors go back but once Kieran wants the lads back he’ll have them back and that’s the way it should be.’’
Meyler acknowledged that some the Cork senior players did have a big influence as the game aged.
“Yes, Fitzgibbon was very good, Mark Coleman got on to the ball and that was impressive from them and Dalton, I have to give him credit, we took a chance with him at centre-forward because he plays there with O’Neill’s but his free-taking and all round play was superb and then to come up and score that last minute penalty showed the character of the young fellow there.’’