Thursday 21 November 2019

Morgan calls for calm in Rebel camp

Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

CORK legend Billy Morgan has warned against Rebel players or management making any rash decisions in the wake of last weekend's disappointing defeat to Donegal.

The Rebels were favourites to progress to the All-Ireland final, but they were completely outplayed in the second half as the Ulster men produced a remarkable display.

And with speculation surrounding the future of manager Conor Counihan and some of the senior players, Morgan urged everyone to take their time before making any announcements.

"Conor has said that he's going to take his time and he's right," said the Nemo Rangers man. "I don't know what he's going to do, to be quite honest, but he has certainly done the right thing, sitting back and having a look at things and then making his decision.

"This present Cork team, they are a young team. There are a few who are on the other side of 30, but they're a young team and there are some other good young fellas coming. I think there is a bright future ahead.

"(Alan) Quirke is a goalkeeper and they can go on longer than others and he is playing as well as ever. Nicholas (Murphy) is very fit and looks after himself, Graham (Canty) is the same. Noel (O'Leary) is 31, Donnacha (O'Connor) is just over 30.

"I think your best years are 28 to 32 and the fitter fellas can go on another year or two." While Morgan admitted he "hated" watching Donegal play last year, he was full of praise for their more adventurous approach to football this term, acknowledging that they were deserving winners over the Rebels.

"As the game went on, it was more and more likely that Cork weren't going to break them down and Donegal could have been further ahead when the Cork goal came.

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"Last year I hated watching Donegal, being honest. They have evolved. They get players back, but when they win the ball they go forward in droves.

"They scored 16 points, and last year they were getting 10, 11 or 12. They are defending well at one end and scoring at the other end. You can't knock that."

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