Thursday 22 February 2018

Eamonn Ryan: the worst we played in an awful long time

Donal Barry

CORK ladies football team manager Eamonn Ryan was far from impressed with his side's performance as the were defeated by their bordering neighbours, Kerry, in the Munster Football Championship.

Having lost his first game as Cork manager in 2004 at Con Keating Park, Cahersiveen Ryan left the venue again last Sunday having watched his side lose there again.

For the first time in 10 years Cork lost to Kerry at Munster Championship level, and it was fitting that a Cahirsiveen native would get the decisive score to put an end to Cork's glittering unbeaten record against their rivals. Kerry's unlikey win was sealed in the 57th minute when Megan O'Connell's fist met Louise Ní Mhuircheartaigh's sublime cross field pass, to guide the ball to the net to give Kerry a five-point lead. It was enough to pull them over the line in a classic battle, winning by 3-10 to 3-8.

"That was very disappointing. It is the worst we played in an awful long time. We got caught for two goals and that's not like us," said Ryan, who didn't play the "unlucky" card as he saw his side hit the post and crossbar on five occassions in the match.

"No, that does not matter. You're supposed to put the ball over or under the bar. The fact you hit it does not make any difference, it's still a miss. They were better than us on the scoreboard and that is all that counts in football," said the Cork manager.

However, Ryan is confident that his team will bounce back.

"We have Clare on Friday evening in Clare and that game now in very significant for us if we lose we're out. We will be taking no chances and would hope to be back in the final in July."

Asked would he be making any calls to Juliet Murphy to talk her out of retirement following Cork's first loss in a championship game without her? The Cork man just smiled.

CORK: E Harte, A M Walsh, B Stack, A Barrett, B Corkery, D O'Reilly, G O'Flynn 0-1, A Walsh, R Buckley, O Farmer, A Walsh 0-1, O Finn 0-2, V Mulcahy 1-4(4F), R Ni Bhuachalla 1-0, N Cleary Subs: Emma Farmer (1-0) for O Finn (50), D O'Sullivan for N Cleary (52)

REFEREE: Jason Mullins (Limerick)


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