'I was looking for attitude from the Cork players against Dublin and I got it'

'I was looking for attitude from the Cork players against Dublin and I got it'
Sadbh O'Leary of Cork in action against Éabha Rutledge of Dublin during the Lidl Ladies National Football League Division 1 clash at Croke Park. Picture: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

CORK manager, Ephie Fitzgerald, was happy to take the points on offer at Croke Park as the ladies footballers now sit top on the table having three wins from their first three games.

He also admitted they nearly lost it at the end as Dublin came back to within a point, something he right felt would have been unfair had that happened.

“I think we played some fabulous football, for the first 40 minutes we were well on top. We were moving the ball well and creating chances, to be fair they had a couple of half-chances as well, but what brought them back into it was the penalty and they got a lift from that obviously.

“We couldn't get that extra score to settle it, we didn't score for the last 20 minutes or close enough to it. I thought if we got one more score it would have settled us, but I was absolutely thrilled with the attitude of the girls and the commitment they showed.

“It was very hard out there in the conditions, the wind was swirling and difficult to deal with. So from that point of view I thought it was a pretty good spectacle.

“It also enabled us to give some of the younger players game time at Croke Park, which is invaluable going forward.

“But it's a league match at the start of February at the end of the day and we are trying to build again. The Cork team of old were legendary in what they did. We have a lot of young girls now and we are trying to develop them.

Cork manager Ephie Fitzgerald and Aisling Hutchings. Picture: Seb Daly/Sportsfile
Cork manager Ephie Fitzgerald and Aisling Hutchings. Picture: Seb Daly/Sportsfile

“What I was looking for tonight was attitude and I thought we got that in abundance. In the end we could have lost the game but I don't think we deserved to lose it.

“So to get an outing in Croke Park is always good and we are trying a few things along the way – different formations and players in different positions – so from that point-of-view we are well pleased,” concluded Ephie.

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