Composure pleases Lyng

February 12, 2024

Kilkenny manager Derek Lyng ©INPHO/John McVitty

Derek Lyng insists Kilkenny “didn’t panic” when Cork came back at them strongly at SuperValu Páirc Uí Chaoimh on Saturday night.

The Cats raced into a nine-point lead after 26 minutes, only to be reeled back in before John Donnelly’s late point secured their first win of the Allianz Hurling League campaign.

"We didn't panic in the second half," the Kilkenny manager said in an interview with RTÉ.

"We knew Cork were going to come back at us at some point. We obviously got a good start, used the ball very well and I thought we tired a little bit towards the end of the first half and there were only three points in it at half-time.

"We kept the heads and that was really important and we picked off a few scores at crucial times. Everyone was outstanding.

"There was a lot of mistakes but it’s that time of year, we had a few last week (against Wexford) we weren’t happy with and hopefully as the league goes on we’ll improve.

"I’m happy with the overall effort and it’s not easy to come down here and get a result, so I’m happy with that now."

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