Outsmarting Cork 'genius' Ryan key for Mayo – Carter
EXPERIENCED Mayo star Martha Carter has hailed the "genius" of Cork boss Eamonn Ryan ahead of today's Tesco Homegrown Ladies National Football League Division 1 clash between the counties.
While acknowledging that Cork have some wonderful individual footballers, Carter believes that Ryan is the glue that binds the All-Ireland champions together.
Cork have won six of the last seven TG4 All-Ireland senior titles, and former All Star Carter said: "I have utter respect for Cork and I would have played Cork teams a lot with the club (Carnacon) too.
"Cork really set the standard and they've been a phenomenal team. Everybody knows what they're doing, how to execute the game plan and then you throw in Eamonn Ryan. The man is a genius and he knows a phenomenal amount about ladies football."
A Sligo-based garda, Carter was starting her inter-county career in 2003 when Mayo last won the All-Ireland senior title. But she's confident that the team is moving in the right direction under new manager Peter Clarke, following a turbulent few years.
Mayo gained promotion back to the top flight for the 2013 season and have collected two wins from their opening two games. But they lost their last two games and could do with picking up something at home to Cork to remain in the hunt for a semi-final place.
"Cork now is massive," said Carter. "We'll respect them but at the same time, we'll not give them too much respect. We want to stay in Division 1, that's the most important thing, but making the semi-finals would be huge."
Tomorrow, Monaghan will look to maintain their 100pc record when they travel to Laois, who are joint-second in the table. Dublin host Tyrone knowing that a victory would give them a significant boost in their quest for a top-four finish.
The Division 2 picture will become clearer tomorrow as Kerry host Kildare and Westmeath travel to Galway with all four sides locked together on 10 points.