Fitzgerald happy to grind out 'difficult' Deise victory
Cork 1-10 Waterford 0-7
Ephie Fitzgerald admitted that his Cork players were “flat” on Saturday as they dug out a six-point victory over Waterford in the first round of the TG4 Munster ladies senior football championship.
But Fitzgerald, overseeing his first championship game in charge, wasn’t unduly concerned as Cork won an energy-sapping Lidl Division 1 League final clash with Mayo on the previous Saturday.
Cork led by 1-6 to 0-5 at half-time here following Áine O’Sullivan’s fortuitous 16th-minute goal and hit 10 wides in the second half.
“I thought we were a bit flat,” Fitzgerald reflected. “In fairness to Waterford, they were well organised and got 12 and 13 bodies behind the ball. After last week, it was always going to be a little bit difficult to rise our girls again but I thought we ground it out.
“There was only going to be
one winner. We kicked a lot of wides, which we wouldn’t be happy about, but they flooded the full-back line and anywhere around the D there, it was very difficult to get chances.”
Scorers – Cork: Á O’Sullivan 1-3; O Finn (4f) 0-5; O Farmer 0-2. Waterford: M Delahunty 0-3; M Ryan 0-2; A Wall, S Ryan 0-1 each.
CORK – M O’Brien; M Ambrose, B Stack, E Meaney; V Foley, D O’Reilly, R Phelan; A Walsh, B Corkery; R Buckley, Á O’Sullivan, O Farmer; R Ní Bhuachalla, H Looney, O Finn. Subs: A Hutchings for Ambrose (27), N Cotter for Buckley (h/t), E Farmer for Ní Bhuachalla (47), S Kelly for O Farmer (57), Á Hayes for Phelan (60).
WATERFORD – K Hannon; M Dunford, M McGrath, L Wall; A Mullaney, M Wall, H Power; E Murray, G Kenneally; R Tobin, M Ryan, K Murray; M Delahunty, S Ryan, A Wall. Subs: L McGregor for Tobin (36), C Hurley for S Ryan (49), L Devine for M Ryan (52), S Dunphy for McGregor (53).
Ref – K Delahunty (Tipperary).