WITH the National Football League now cancelled, Cork will be looking ahead to their Munster championship semi-final against Tipperary.
The game is scheduled to take place on May 29. But with the current situation and Covid-19 continuing to evolve, no one is certain that fixture will get the go-ahead, but reports from the Tipperary camp suggest they are remaining focused on their date with the Rebels.
Premier midfielder Aisling McCarthy recently returned from a stint in the Australian football league with the Western Bulldogs in Melbourne and claims Tipperary have set their sights on the Munster championship since the start of the year.
“We are not looking at this as a development year. We do have ambitions for the Munster championship,” said McCarthy, who scored a key goal in last summer’s All-Ireland Intermediate final win over Meath.
“I suppose the one big thing I have highlighted in my diary since we have known about it is that we are going to be playing Cork in May in the Munster semi-final. That has been the big one. I’m hoping that at some stage that will go ahead. I think that’s what we are all looking forward to.
“You want to be playing against the best. The young girls coming up, they aren’t scared of playing against those teams either, so that’s a really important thing. The fact that we were down in Intermediate last year gave those girls a year to develop and see what adult football is like.
“Hopefully they can bring all that into Senior level. They have shown they can compete in Division 1 as well so hopefully it will be a really good summer for us.”
Cork last met Tipperary in the Munster championship in 2018. The Rebels emerged six-point winners but Tipperary were competitive and have some excellent talent in their ranks including 2019 Intermediate Player of the Year Ashling Moloney. Orla O’Dwyer will be another big player for Tipperary. Like McCarthy, O’Dwyer has just enjoyed a season Down Under, with AFL side Brisbane Lions.
Tipperary were sitting third from bottom when time was called on this year’s league due to Covid-19 and despite two games left, they were more than likely going to stay in Division 1.
They registered some good results along the way, including a draw against Dublin in which Moloney was instrumental and McCarthy feels Moloney will have a big say in any potential future successes for her county.
“Having someone like Aishling Moloney in the forwards is great.”