Friday 18 October 2019

'I don't want to be up and down' - Meyler hoping for greater Cork consistency after impressive Limerick win

Cork manager John Meyler. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile
Cork manager John Meyler. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

John Morley

Following Cork's shock seven-point defeat of Limerick, Rebels boss John Meyler remains focused on improving his side's consistency after their lethargic performance last weekend against Tipperary and their disappointing league campaign.

Meyler remained realistic following his side's sublime second-half showing against the reigning league and All-Ireland champions and highlighted that the win means nothing if they lose their next Munster Championship match to Waterford.

"We were up and down in the league and I don't want to be up and down, I want to be consistent, with that same performance and better the next day against Waterford, because Waterford will come to Pairc Ui Chaoimh looking for a win as well," Meyler told RTÉ after the game.

Meyler believes that his charges were a lot fresher than Limerick because they had the benefit of their Munster opener against Tipperary last weekend, whereas Limerick were coming into this match cold.

"The benefit of having the game probably freshened us up a bit. Limerick were coming in cold there today. Once Hoggy (Patrick Horgan) got in there and got that goal it really drove us on," he added.

Meyler was pleased that his side got some redemption for their six-point collapse against the Treaty in last year's thrilling All-Ireland semi-final, as the Rebels hammered home their lead and effectively put Limerick to the sword.

"We were determined not to let what happened to us in the All-Ireland semi-final last year, when we lost a six-point lead."

Alan Cadogan came on with little over five minutes played as a substitute for the injured Conor Lehane and put in an immense display of work-rate and finishing, even chasing a ball so vigorously that he ended up in the stands with momentum.

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Meyler also heaped praise on former dual-star Eoin Cadogan, as he hopes to add to his 2010 All-Ireland football medal with one for the hurlers in the county.

"Cadogan has won an All-Ireland football medal. He's a real leader. He's a real, genuine, good guy and puts his heart on the line."

The Rebels manager attributed their win to an improvement in work-rate and tackling as they hemmed in the fluent Limerick attack as the match went on.

"Our work-rate was up, our tackling was up, our decision-making was up and the lads deserve great credit from (Anthony) Nash out to (Alan Cadogen) Cads. They really really put in a performance today."

With many question marks over Cork's strength in depth after the Tipperary game, Meyler was happy of his bench's contribution as Cadogan and Declan Dalton put their names on the scoreboard when introduced.

"To bring in someone like Alan Cadogen, with his calibre, Shane Kingston and Dalton came in and got two points so, they contributed and that's really important as well."

After gaining their first two points of the Munster championship, Waterford will come to Pairc Ui Chaoimh in two weeks and Meyler will hope to have a full selection of players for that clash, following the injury concerns with Conor Lehane and Robert Downey.

"We'll get the medical team to look at (Lehane and Downey) this evening but I'm sure they'll all want to play against Waterford, I've no doubt about that. So, we'll get Lehane and them back."

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