Monday 23 April 2018

Counihan pleased with point but baffled by red card

Gareth Mccullough

CORK Manager Conor Counihan said that he was reasonably happy to come away from Armagh with a point, given the fact that his side played over half the match a man down after Paul Kerrigan's sending off five minutes before the break.

Despite Cork being touted as overwhelming favourites going into this one, circumstances dictated that it was likely to prove an uphill struggle once they went down to 10 men away from home against a plucky Armagh side that never stopped for the 70-plus minutes.

"We dug deep and we got something out of it. We came here knowing it was going to be a difficult game and under the circumstances, I'd be happy that with the outcome," Counihan admitted.

He also had his take on the red card, but preferred to ask the assembled media what they thought of it instead after the match.

"I had a very clear view of it. In fairness, I don't think it was the referee that gave it, it was the linesman that gave it under considerable duress. I'd be far more interested in what more objective people like yourselves ( journalists) made of it," he said.

"It's all part and parcel of the game I suppose, but the way I look at it, we're happy going back down the road with the draw and that's it."

Counihan admitted that even with the numerical disadvantage, he wasn't happy with the way his team in general performed and realises that they need to improve drastically is they are to get a win against Down at home this coming weekend.

"We would be disappointed with a lot of aspects of our play, turning the ball over and the likes, but we have to move on and learn from that," said Counihan. "With some of the opportunities we had, if some of our shooting had been better, we should have got a few more scores. That's a bit disappointing.

"All in all, we've got be happy with a point because at one stage of the second half, I didn't think we were going to come away with anything. We will have to improve significantly on this performance if we are going to get anything from Down."