Sunday 25 February 2018

Sligo's errors punished by Cork

CORK were ruthless in punishing Sligo's errors, according to Captain, Adrian Marren.

He said afterwards: "We stuck with them for about 10 minutes in the second-half.

"We were turning the screw and probably missed a few wides and we had them on the rack.

"It just shows you if you make mistakes against a top team like that they punish every one of them.

"That was the difference in the end, I suppose."

Marren recalled: "We should probably have scored one or two more in the first-half and maybe kept them to 7 or 8 points.

"We had a realistic chance at half-time we were saying with the breeze.

"We were firing over points there, but obviously we just left too much for ourselves to do."

He also commented on Cork's formation.

Marren said: "They had a lot of people behind the ball.

"We didn't think they were going to play as defensive as they did. They dropped Colm O'Driscoll, the number 12, back in front of us.

"I don't think they were afraid of us but I'd say they were getting themselves ready for Mayo maybe.

"It was a good achievement to get to the last 12.

"Many a Sligo team would probably have died out there.

"Coming into the second-half we said we had nothing to lose and I think we gave them a test.

"Hopefully it will stand to them at the weekend."

The Sligo skipper said it had been "a good learning curve" for the panel.

He went on: "We know next year that when you make mistakes against the top teams you are going to be punished. The real aim now will be to try to get in to Division 2 and have better football.

"I would like to see Pat Flanagan stay on.

"Pat has freshened things up this year and all the boys got in behind him.

"I know he was a late appointment and we might have been playing 'catch-up' but it's a great achievement to get to the last 12.

"It would have been great to get to the last 8 and I hope that Pat will stay with us.

"If he was here, we would be working from November, December. Next year, we would be back probably a month earlier and probably work better on our game plan.

"The boys will know what Pat is all about and in the long run it will help us.

"If it's to be done the decision should be made sooner rather than later. There is plenty of club championships now, maybe 10 or 12 games to be played.

"It would really want to be done in the next week or two and get it out of the way and we can focus on next year.

"There are plenty of young lads our there that would love to come in.

"To see Sligo get to the last 12 is a great kick for boys that are on the verge of a panel trying to get into it.

"It's been a good turnaround from the defeat to Galway to this. If we played with that aggression maybe against Galway, we probably would have beaten them and given Mayo a good rattle.

"But that's the way the year goes."

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