CORK City women’s manager Rónán Collins is hoping his side can put their disappointing opening day defeat in the Women’s National league behind them when they take on Peamount United this weekend.
City lost their first game of the 2020 campaign 3-1 away to Shelbourne last Saturday afternoon at Tolka Park and Collins admitted it was an opportunity missed for his side.
“There were disappointing aspects to the performance,” he said.
“One thing though is if we played like that against Shelbourne in the past then they probably would have racked up a bigger score.
“We have come on physically defensively and even though we gave the ball away too cheaply they weren’t able to punish us as much as usual.
“What was frustrating though is if we just got another few things right we would’ve got something out of the game despite not being at our best.
“It shows the level that the girls have developed but it’s frustrating because it was an opportunity lost.
“But the last 20 minutes we were very good, we really went at them and that shows our fitness levels and where we are physically.
“If anything we could have gone at them for longer but it was an extremely warm day so it was a super effort from the girls.”
The challenge doesn’t get any easier for the Leesiders as they entertain champions Peamount at Bishopstown on Sunday afternoon.
The Peas opened with a 5-0 win against Treaty United with Republic of Ireland superstar Stephanie Roche scoring on her return to the league.
“The Shels match was great preparation for the game against Peamount,” added Collins.
“They will have a lot of the ball, they have a number of attacking threats so we know what we have to work on to counteract that.
“They are the champions and they have even strengthened since the end of last season.
“They have brought in a lot of quality players but they can only put 11 of them on the pitch.
"We know teams hate coming to Cork, a big thing we heard during the close season is that we have by far the loudest ground in the league of Ireland.
“That’s a real compliment for Cork and the people of Cork and we want to bring that into the game against Peamount if we can.
“We have caused them a lot of problems in the past on occasions and we need to have that performance where we are nice and tight and when we have the ball we use that quality to hurt them with our pace.
“It will be brilliant just to be back in Bishopstown, in our dressing room and on the pitch, the girls are really looking forward to it.”