Ronan McCarthy: No matter what decision the GAA make they'll be criticised

Ronan McCarthy: No matter what decision the GAA make they'll be criticised

Cork manager Ronan McCarthy and coach Cian O'Neill with subs social-distancing against Louth in the Allianz Division 3 tie at Páirc Uí Chaoimh. Picture: Eddie O'Hare

CORK boss Ronan McCarthy admitted the GAA are in a no-win situation regarding the resumption of the season.

With so much Covid about the place, the association is coming under severe pressure to pull the plug on a season only just resumed after over seven months’ closure.

“No matter what call they make here, they’re not going to do the right thing, so I certainly don’t envy them,” he said.

“The games mean so much to people and they want them to be played. Yet, you have to ask the question (about them being played) because of the risks involved.

“You have to be very doubtful about it at this stage and I don’t envy the GAA hierarchy because they are in a difficult position,” he added.

Cork made it six wins from as many games to bounce back from last season’s Division 2 relegation.

“To be honest it’s quite anti-climactic though it’s job done and done well, there’s so much uncertainty now that it’s hard to know what to make of it really.

“I said to the players afterwards that we’ve come a long way since the final game in Division 2 against Armagh last year.

“We won a great game up there in difficult circumstances, when we had to win, away from home.

“At 70 minutes, we were still in Division 2, but at 71 we were gone.

“We nearly did a Houdini act and got out, but we went on from there and built great momentum through the summer, playing Super 8s and all that.

“Now, we’ve done very well in division 3 and we can look forward to training on Tuesday night.”

Cork are scheduled to wrap up their league campaign away to Longford on Sunday.

“We can’t look too far ahead at this stage, though, regardless of whether the league is restructured next season, we did it ourselves. We got promoted and that’s all we can do.”

McCarthy was pleased with the final tally of 5-19, especially posting 3-9 in the first half.

“There were some very good aspects to it. I thought some of the score taking in the first-half was top class, in particular our long-range kicking.

“And any day you get five goals has to be good. Still, the nature of the job is to look at areas in which you can improve.

“The only negative was the number of frees we conceded, giving away cheap frees for late tackles and stuff like that.

“We’ve identified previously not leaving our hand in in the tackle and to concede 16 points is a big score, much of it of our own making,” McCarthy concluded.

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