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Ciara O'Sullivan of Cork in action against Carla Rowe of Dublin. Picture: David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile
Ciara O'Sullivan of Cork in action against Carla Rowe of Dublin. Picture: David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile
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Cork captain O’Sullivan admits they were beaten by the better team

CORK captain Ciara O’Sullivan was bitterly disappointed following her side’s first ever All-Ireland final loss but overall felt that Dublin were the better side.

“It’s the worst place to be, losing an All-Ireland but I think we gave it our all right up until the last minute, the girls fought really hard. It’s a horrible place to be, but I can’t fault any of the management or players for effort and it’s a young team so I think we will be back.

“I don’t think anyone gave us any chance which I felt for people who train so hard throughout the year it was a bit disrespectful and hurtful. I think we gave a good account of ourselves and were beaten by the better team on the day so we can’t have any complaints.

“We knew what to expect, we knew that they are strong in the tackle and maybe we are a bit disappointed with that in the first half that we were taking the ball into the tackle when it wasn’t in our game plan to do that. We were getting turned over, I think we did correct that a small bit in the second half.

“A ball off the ball line that Eimear Scally had, we have been on the other side, where we have gotten that bit of luck so we can’t have any complaints. Dublin are a fabulous team, they have been there for the last six or seven years and we have had great battles. We are just disappointed that we have come out on the other side of it.”

The Cork captain, took little consolation that many felt reaching an All-Ireland for this young Cork side is good progress and a building block for the future.

“It’s really hard when you’re a player and everyone is talking about progress and development. This is my 11th year playing. You just want to win every time you go out. You aren’t looking when you are training every night of the week to progress for 2019, you are looking to win in 2018.

“We felt in that regard we felt short so as a year for us, it’s a disappointment. We didn’t win the All-Ireland and I suppose that’s what we set out to do. We will regroup in January and go again but as a year in 2018, we are not really looking at progress we are just bitterly disappointed.”