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A young player from Douglas U11s watches as a groundsman attempts to repair divots. Picture: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile
A young player from Douglas U11s watches as a groundsman attempts to repair divots. Picture: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile
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Awful Páirc Uí Chaoimh surface is the major talking point after double defeat for the Rebels

THE hurlers and footballers suffered disappointing defeats at Páirc Uí Chaoimh this weekend but the poor condition of the surface at the revamped stadium was the main topic of conversation afterwards.

Ronan McCarthy's side lost by a goal to Kildare in Division 2 of the National Football League where the pitch had a direct bearing on the key score.

“It was heavy. We had to deal with it. The one time it affected us badly was the penalty.

“I’m not arguing about the decision, but we had actually got a great block down only for Ronan O’Toole to lose his footing under the ball.

“It made players unsure of their footing and their passing, but it was the same for both teams. It’s not the reason we lost,” McCarthy commented.

Picture: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile
Picture: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile

After drawing with Fermanagh last weekend, McCarthy's charges couldn't make use of the extra man in the second half.

“We lost out on 1-4 either off the post or crossbar though you counter that by saying Kildare played most of the second half with 14 men.

“I thought we became more and more disjointed the longer the game went on, but Kildare are a seasoned side with an experienced manager and used their know-how well to manage the game out."

One plus was Michael Hurley's haul of 0-5 from play.

Michael Hurley shoots on goal. Picture: INPHO/Ken Sutton
Michael Hurley shoots on goal. Picture: INPHO/Ken Sutton

Cork hurling selector Donal O’Mahony saw his team defeated by Wexford on the back of a loss away to Kilkenny a week earlier. 

“The surface was tough, especially the way we play, we want to play fast hurling and the ball was getting stuck and things like that.

“Wexford would be physically stronger than us and it probably suited them better. I thought they outmuscled us at times but definitely, the surface didn’t help.

Aidan Walsh is caught in the pitch while avoiding Wexford's Darren Byrne. Picture: INPHO/Ken Sutton
Aidan Walsh is caught in the pitch while avoiding Wexford's Darren Byrne. Picture: INPHO/Ken Sutton

“It’s not an excuse and they were better than us on the day and they played the game on their terms." 

Alan Cadogan was a late withdrawal through a finger injury, though Tim O'Mahony had an impressive outing at centre-back and Aidan Walsh clipped over four points.

“Unfortunately, he pulled up during the week but with the two-week break now to the next match we’d be hopeful he’ll be okay for the game against Clare (also in the Páirc).

“We always try to look for positives. I thought Tim O’Mahony played really well at centre-back. That’s a position we are looking at and he did well today and got two good points for us in the first-half.

Tim O'Mahony grabs the sliotar. Picture: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile
Tim O'Mahony grabs the sliotar. Picture: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile

“Aidan Walsh showed up well. I thought he was really honest in the first half. He got some good points and he’s getting better and that’s all we are asking from Aidan because he was out of the hurling last year."

Former Cork hurling captain Tomás Mulcahy described the Páirc surface as a "horrible state".

Picture: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile
Picture: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile

"The pitch was in a horrible state, to be honest with you, for hurling," Mulcahy told RTÉ Radio One.

"There's no excuse for it," continued Mulchay.

"It can't be weather related because we've had the same weather in Cork that we've had in Donegal or all over the country. Let's be honest, there is an issue there at this stage.

"To be fair to the players, they gave it their best today in very difficult circumstances. It's not conducive to good hurling. I know it's still only National League, it's still early February, but when you look at the fare that's gone on up and down the country - you look at what was there last night in Limerick and the cold conditions in Limerick.

"It was brilliant for Wexford, a fantastic win but Cork will be disappointed because the performance was disappointing. The pitch was the same for Wexford as it was for Cork."