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Blues need to learn from their defeat on Leeside – King

AS opening appointments go, it was a daunting one for the new Dublin management crew – away to champions Cork on day one in Division 1 of the National Camogie League.

The Leesiders sprinted into their stride and, from early on, the Dubs were playing catch up.

Cork won handsomely in the end (8-8 to 1-4), and the Dublin manager Colum King had no complaints.

"To be fair, Cork were a step ahead of us. There was no doubt about that. They were sharper all over the pitch and they were quicker to the ball.

"We gave them too much of a start, but we will take the positives from it and regroup. We face Wexford away in two weeks' time."

Aisling Maher's goal cheered up the capital camp. Órlaith Durkin and Áine Fanning wore down the studs and, in goal, Hannah McInerney stood tall against the rush-hour traffic.

The sliotar was coming at her from all angles as Cork's pace and panache breached the Dublin gates time and again, yet Hannah proved she was the bravest of the brave.

"We will just have to work that bit harder," reflected Colum.

"This result has told us that we have to strive to reach another level.

"Cork are a top side. They played some excellent stuff, but we have to learn from this defeat and push on."