Tuesday 24 April 2018

Cork boss unhappy with workrate despite victory


Cork manager Paudie Murray. Photo: Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile
Cork manager Paudie Murray. Photo: Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile

Daragh Ó Conchúir

Cork made it four wins from four in Group 2 of the Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship with a 1-13 to 0-11 win over Offaly at St Brendan's Park in Birr but manager Paudie Murray categorised it as their poorest performance of the campaign.

The St Finbarr's clubman revealed All-Ireland champions Kilkenny and Galway had representatives in attendance in Birr to run the rule over the Leesiders and maintained they would not have seen anything to worry them.

"First of all, I'm happy with the win," said Murray on Red FM. "The negative would be that we never really brought our level of intensity or workrate to today's game to compare with the first three games. I know Galway and Kilkenny were there to watch today and I'd say they went home happy with what they saw.

"We just never got into gear compared to our first three games."

Last year's beaten finalists now await the final round of matches next week as well as the quarter-finals before returning to action in the semi-final on August 19.

And Murray will be crossing his fingers for a clean bill of health after Niamh McCarthy and Méabh Cahalane missed the Offaly game through injury. On the plus side, Julia White and Eimear O'Sullivan returned.

Wexford’s Chloe Foxe handpasses to the net to score a goal despite the attentions of Clodagh Quirle and Gemma Grace of Tipperary. Photo: INPHO
Wexford’s Chloe Foxe handpasses to the net to score a goal despite the attentions of Clodagh Quirle and Gemma Grace of Tipperary. Photo: INPHO

"You just hope everyone comes through the club championship and that gives us three-and-a-half, four weeks of intense training," Murray said. "We've really got to up it to have a chance in the semi-final."

Offaly, who had Siobhán Flannery (0-6) in fine form, made good use of the elements in the first half and were good value for a four-point lead but a Hannah Looney goal, followed by a couple of points from Katrina Mackey, made it 1-6 to 0-8 in favour of the Leesiders at half-time.

Aoife Murray was forced into a couple of smart stops to keep the hosts at bay but Cork finished strongly with six of the last seven points to retain their 100pc record.

The second-half introduction of Chloe Foxe proved significant at Innovate Wexford Park as she weighed in with 1-2 to edge the home side to a 2-12 to 2-7 win over Tipperary that moves them into second and in pole position for a quarter-final berth, though all four teams are still in contention.

Úna Leacy did the damage in the first half with a goal and two points but Cáit Devane ensured Tipp were still in touch at the interval, trailing by 1-5 to 0-4.

Two pointed frees from Linda Bolger opened up a six-point gap but two goals in three minutes from Orla O'Dwyer and Ereena Fryday made it 1-7 to 2-4.

Matty Flynn-O'Connor and John Kelly sent Foxe into the fray and the St Martin's teenager immediately converted a free.

O'Dwyer equalised but Foxe pounced for a goal in the 44th minute to give Wexford a lead they would never give up.

Irish Independent

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