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'I need about ten Paracetamol after that, that was some goal by Dalton'

Cork manager John Meyler was emotional after his side’s dramatic victory.

Declan Dalton and David Lowney celebrate at the end of the game Declan Dalton and David Lowney celebrate Cork's victory. Source: Ken Sutton/INPHO

JOHN MEYLER WAS clearly emotional at full-time in Walsh Park last night.

His Cork U21 team had been on the verge of bowing out of the Bord Gáis Energy Munster U21 hurling championship in their opening tie when they were handed a lifeline in the dying seconds of the game.

Two points down when a penalty was awarded, Declan Dalton slammed a shot to the net to propel Cork into a final meeting with Limerick.

“I need about ten Paracetamol after that, that was some goal by Dalton, fair dues to him,” said Meyler, when speaking to TG4′s Mícheál Ó Domhnaill after the game.

John Meyler Cork U21 manager John Meyler Source: Ken Sutton/INPHO

“It wasn’t gone. I was annoyed there, we had a chance, Jack O’Connor had a chance, Tim (O’Mahony) had a chance, we needed a goal. In fairness to Dalton, (it was) fantastic.

“It’s probably robbery on Waterford. We didn’t play well because we haven’t been together but at the same time, there’s great heart.

“He (Darragh Fitzgibbon) will be a loss for the final but we’ve other lads to come in and replace him. Please God Luke Meade will be back, hopefully it’ll be a week or 10 days.

“But what you saw out there was the heart, the commitment, the fire of the last week. The last couple of weeks and to see the kids there it’s been brilliant.”

Man-of-the-match Dalton admitted he had never lined up a penalty as crucial as that one, when presented with his award on TG4.
“We’ve been working fierce hard. The team has put in the last nine, ten months of hard work and thank God it paid off.

“Man-of-the-match is nothing to do with me, it’s the boys that put the ball into my hand and the boys that worked so hard to put the ball over the bar and thank God we came out the right side.

“I’ve been through it a few times the last few years but I’ve never stood over a penalty like that before and thank God I hit it right and thank God it went in.

“We’re a very calm team so I thought we had it in us to come back and give it one last hurrah.”

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