Kiely demands response after Limerick humiliation
Cork 7-22 Limerick 1-19
Limerick manager John Kiely expressed deep dissatisfaction with his players as Cork banged home seven goals and humiliated the Shannonsiders in yesterday's Munster pre-season competition at the Gaelic Grounds.
The visiting Rebels ran out 21-point winners in front of 1,625 spectators as Alan Cadogan and Patrick Horgan led the Limerick defence a merry dance.
Kiely didn't mince his words afterwards, stating the performance of his side was nowhere near acceptable.
Working with a panel of 41 players, Kiely warned that those handed opportunities to impress must take them, as he will be whittling down his squad ahead of the Allianz League Division 1B campaign.
Kiely said: "We knew we were going to be under a bit of pressure, no doubt, because that starting 15 for Cork would be not too far off what they'll have when it comes to National Hurling League.
"But at the same time, we would have expected much, much more from our guys. We certainly wouldn't consider that result to be something that's acceptable.
"We got caught with one-on-ones, out-fielded in the scoring zone, when they ran at us we didn't get tackles in. From a defensive point of view, that was just not good enough today."
Limerick made wholesale changes from their opening victory in the competition, away to an under-strength Waterford, but Kiely wasn't using that as an excuse.
He added: "At the end of the day, we have 41 players on the panel, they're all putting their hand up for inclusion.
"They've got to get their opportunities to shine or show us what they can do. Unfortunately for some, today wasn't a good day at the office.
"When fellas get opportunities, they have to take them, simple as that. We need a response on Wednesday night against Clare, fellas are going to have to turn around and show us that the jersey means more than what it did today to them.
"We'll have to go away and dig deep - we knew there was going to be no easy days, and there was going to be possibly some low points along the way. This is a very low point and we have to respond to it."
Limerick did start brightly, Barry Nash netting in the third minute, but they were buried under an avalanche of goals after that.
By half-time, Cork were 3-12 to 1-9 clear as Luke Meade, the impressive Cadogan and Shane Kingston, son of manager Kieran, bagged goals.
Four more followed after the break and Cadogan had a hand in three of them - Horgan twice profiting from his good work before Kingston grabbed his second.
Horgan turned provider for Cork's seventh goal, Michael O'Halloran completing the rout with his first touch after coming off the bench.
It was too easy for Cork, Kiely noting how goalkeeper Anthony Nash could find team-mates comfortably with long-range puck-outs, while Limerick were second in most of the aerial and ground exchanges.
For Cork, this was encouraging as green shoots of recovery were visible but selector Pat Hartnett was preaching caution.
He said: "We conceded 1-19 in a game where we were on top.
"There are definitely areas we can improve on, skills we can improve, so again - keep it in context. We have huge areas to work on."
Scorers - Cork: P Horgan 2-5 (0-3f), S Kingston 2-2, A Cadogan 1-4, L Meade & M O'Halloran 1-0 each, B Cooper 0-3, M Coleman, D Fitzgibbon & R O'Flynn 0-2 each, D Kearney & B Hennessy 0-1. Limerick: R Lynch 0-11 (8f), B Nash 1-0, K O'Brien 0-3, A Dempsey, D Dempsey, D Byrnes, J Ryan & P Browne 0-1 each.
CORK - A Nash; C Spillane, S McDonnell, D Griffin; C O'Leary, L McLoughlin, M Coleman; D Kearney, D Fitzgibbon; B Cooper, L Meade, S Kingston; A Cadogan, P Horgan, R O'Flynn. Subs: D Brosnan for Meade (52), C Murphy for Kearney (59), M O'Halloran for Cadogan (59), J Sheehan for McDonnell (60), Bill Hennessy for Fitzgibbon (62).
LIMERICK - Barry Hennessy; T Condon, R English, S O'Brien; D Morrissey, B O'Connell, S Cahill; D O'Donovan, P Ryan; R Lynch, A Dempsey, R Hanley; C Ryan, B Nash, K O'Brien. Subs: M Casey for Condon (inj, 31) D Dempsey for A Dempsey (h.t.), J Ryan for O'Donovan (h-t.), D Byrnes for Morrissey (h.t.), P Browne for P Ryan (47).
REF - P Kelly (Tipperary).