Cork ladies footballers can maintain momentum with win over Mayo

Cork ladies footballers can maintain momentum with win over Mayo
Doireann O'Sullivan of Cork in action against Róisín Flynn of Mayo last spring in their league meeting. Picture: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

IT’S a bit of deja vu on Sunday for Cork as they gear up to face Mayo a week later than they were due to.

Their clash, due to take place at Cloughduv was then moved to Mallow, but late on Saturday night it was postponed due to the weather.

With the weather improving slightly the game is now scheduled for 3pm on Sunday in Mallow, with the Harty Cup final going ahead beforehand at 12pm, a change that means their clash with Donegal has now gone back a week.

Mayo’s last game was against Waterford two weeks ago as they battled both the elements and their opponents to win by 0-6 to 0-2, the final scoreline showing just how tough it was for both sides.

The winners will take a lot from that win, as having battled the wind in the first half they managed to dominate possession and were level at half-time.

But the drama wasn’t over and the game had to be stopped for a time in the second-half during a hail storm.

Either side of that Mayo managed to added four points to win, with impressive displays from the likes of Rachel Kearns, Maria Reilly, Ciara Whyte, Noirin Moran and Allannah Duffy.

Clashes between Cork and Mayo have served up some great games over the last few years so the Rebels will know that they will need to be at their best to get the better of Mayo.

With that in mind manager, Ephie Fitzgerald, named a strong side for the postponed game and stuck with 14 of the players that started in their win over Dublin three weeks ago.

He is likely to try and stick to that team for Sunday but closer to the day he make more changes but for now the only named change from the team that started against Dublin sees Sadhbh O’Leary in from the start for Saoirse Noonan.

That’s a straight swap as O’Leary replaced Noonan in the tie at Croke Park at half-time and did enough to warrant a start this time.

Ephie could wait until Sunday morning to decide on a number of other changes, especially with Libby Coppinger and Hannah Looney due to line out with the camogie side tomorrow.

It’s unlikely he will ask them to play a full game again on Sunday, but he does have options like Niamh Cotter and Abbie O’Mahony to bring into midfield and up front there are several players available to him.

Looney was one of the top players for Cork last year and has continued in the same way this year.

She will be a key player come championship but for now all concentration will be on Sunday.

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