Sunday 17 November 2019

Peadar Healy resigns as Cork boss following heartbreaking defeat to Mayo

Cork manager Peadar Healy stepped down as Cork boss following defeat to Mayo
Cork manager Peadar Healy stepped down as Cork boss following defeat to Mayo

Declan Rooney at the Gaelic Grounds

Peadar Healy has stepped down as Cork football manager following his side's heartbreaking one-point defeat to Mayo in extra time of the All Ireland quarter final.

The Rebels went down fighting to Mayo in an energy-sapping contest with Stephen Rochford's men eventually running out 0-27 to 2-20 winners.

Healy informed his players that his brief two-year stint as manager was over after the game.

After taking over the Rebels in 2015, Healy's tenure was came under the spotlight when Cork were relegated from Division One and bowed out of the Munster Championship at the semi-final stage against Tipperary.

Cork slumped to an 11-point defeat to Kerry in the Munster final earlier this month and while tonight's performance against Mayo has won many admirers, it was not enough to stop the Ballyvourney man from calling it a day.

Saturday's wins by Mayo and Galway mean that in next Sunday's Croke Park All-Ireland quarter final double bill, Connacht champions Roscommon will meet Mayo in an all western clash while Kerry will take on Galway as there cannot be a repeat of the Connacht final pairing (Roscommon v Galway) in the last eight.

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