Saturday 21 October 2017

Donncha O'Connor delivers brutally honest interview after Cork narrowly avoided embarrassing defeat to Waterford

Waterford players huddle after the game against Cork at the Munster GAA Football Senior Championship Quarter-Final match between Waterford and Cork at Fraher Field in Dungarvan, Co Waterford. Photo by Matt Browne/Sportsfile
Waterford players huddle after the game against Cork at the Munster GAA Football Senior Championship Quarter-Final match between Waterford and Cork at Fraher Field in Dungarvan, Co Waterford. Photo by Matt Browne/Sportsfile
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Cork veteran Donncha O'Connor has said his team must 'take a look at themselves' after they came within a whisker of a shock defeat at the hands of Waterford at Fraher Field last night.

O'Connor was sprung from the bench in the 46th minute and landed three points as the Rebels rallied to pop Tom McGlinchey's side on a scoreline of 1-12 to 1-11.

Waterford haven't beaten Cork in the Championship since 1960 but were agonisingly close to doing so last night.

After a mixed league campaign in Division Two and last night's meek display, Cork will be under serious pressure to improve for their upcoming semi-final clash with Tipperary, the team that dumped them out of the Munster championship last year.

The sides were level at the break after Cork netminder Kevin O'Halloran dropped a high ball and Gavin Crotty pounced to goal.

The Deise edged in front in the second half but Cork, who had Alan O'Connor sent off with four minutes to go, managed to get out of jail.

Speaking after the game, O'Connor said Cork would need to do some soul-searching before they take on the men from the Premier county.

"It didn't look good with 10 minutes to go. We had to dig it out. No offence to Waterford but that's certainly not going to be good enough from here on in," he told RTE Sport.

We need to have a look at ourselves and be honest. It didn't matter who we were playing, we weren't at the races in the first half at all. We got going in the second half but we had a breeze behind us in the second half and I suppose that helped us.

"Look, we got over the line and we're going to learn a lot from tonight, which might be a plus, but we need to be honest with ourselves or else we're wasting our time."

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