Cork selector Kieran Kingston didn’t hold back in his criticism of the Rebel’s hurlers, after a second half collapse saw them go down 1-22 to 1-16 to Clare, on Saturday night.
“It’s very hard to say much about it, only the fact that we are very disappointed to be honest about it in the dressing room”, he told the Evening Echo.
“It’s hard to explain, we were cruising, and to go from six points up to being nine behind is a huge turnaround and we could not see that coming. Secondly, when we were six up, we had a few good goal chances which we didn’t take and if we did we could have put away the game.
“Not taking those chances gave Clare a great impetus and they came back at us very strongly and they over ran us in the closing 20 minutes, totally did so.”
Kingston was pleased with the first half performance, despite his side hitting a number of wides:
“We had some bad wides in the first-half but they had some bad ones as well to be fair to them and I think there was about 20 minutes gone before they got a score from play.
“We were well on top but then we didn’t take our chances and in the second-half we just didn’t compete. We only got four points in that half and the goal was only a consolation score, it just wasn’t good enough and it was very flat and as I said we were totally over ran in the last 20 minutes. A 15-point turnaround in a game of hurling at home is just not good enough.’’