Saturday 1 October 2016

Fitzgerald happy to grind out 'difficult' Deise victory

Cork 1-10 Waterford 0-7

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Published 16/05/2016 | 02:30

“I thought we were a bit flat,” Fitzgerald (p) reflected. Photo: Sportsfile
“I thought we were a bit flat,” Fitzgerald (p) reflected. Photo: Sportsfile

Ephie Fitzgerald admitted that his Cork players were “flat” on Saturday as they dug out a six-point victory over Waterford in the first round of the TG4 Munster ladies senior football championship.

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But Fitzgerald, overseeing his first championship game in charge, wasn’t unduly concerned as Cork won an energy-sapping Lidl Division 1 League final clash with Mayo on the previous Saturday.

Cork led by 1-6 to 0-5 at half-time here following Áine O’Sullivan’s fortuitous 16th-minute goal and hit 10 wides in the second half.

“I thought we were a bit flat,” Fitzgerald reflected. “In fairness to Waterford, they were well organised and got 12 and 13 bodies behind the ball. After last week, it was always going to be a little bit difficult to rise our girls again but I thought we ground it out.

“There was only going to be

one winner. We kicked a lot of wides, which we wouldn’t be happy about, but they flooded the full-back line and anywhere around the D there, it was very difficult to get chances.”

Scorers – Cork: Á O’Sullivan 1-3; O Finn (4f) 0-5; O Farmer 0-2. Waterford: M Delahunty 0-3; M Ryan 0-2; A Wall, S Ryan 0-1 each.
CORK – M O’Brien; M Ambrose, B Stack, E Meaney; V Foley, D O’Reilly, R Phelan; A Walsh, B Corkery; R Buckley, Á O’Sullivan, O Farmer; R Ní Bhuachalla, H Looney, O Finn. Subs: A Hutchings for Ambrose (27), N Cotter for Buckley (h/t), E Farmer for Ní Bhuachalla (47), S Kelly for O Farmer (57), Á Hayes for Phelan (60).
WATERFORD – K Hannon; M Dunford, M McGrath, L Wall; A Mullaney, M Wall, H Power; E Murray, G Kenneally; R Tobin, M Ryan, K Murray; M Delahunty, S Ryan, A Wall. Subs: L McGregor for Tobin (36), C Hurley for S Ryan (49), L Devine for M Ryan (52), S Dunphy for McGregor (53).
Ref  – K Delahunty (Tipperary).

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