Advanced mark can suit Cork footballers' direct style in the league

Advanced mark can suit Cork footballers' direct style in the league
Clonakilty's Liam O'Donovan takes on Newcestown's Sean Ryan during the Cork SFC at Dunmanway. Picture: Eddie O'Hare

CORK footballer Liam O’Donovan feels the new advanced mark rule will suit his side’s direct style of play.

The rules were voted in recently at a special congress and Ronan McCarthy’s side are trying to get used to them.

“We’ve tried it a bit in the McGrath Cup. We’re still getting used to it.

“Sometimes the defender can actually win a mark, just putting the hand up and everything is a lot different.

“I think it will suit our style because we’re playing very direct football. We like to kick the ball now and hopefully that will suit our forwards,” the Cork footballer said.

O’Donovan stated that his sides target is to win the league, but they will be operating on a game by game basis.

“The main goal for us is to win the league first of all, that’s the most important thing, but we’ll also take it game by game.

“We’ve Offaly now in the first round in Páirc Uí Chaoimh so that’s all we’re looking ahead to at the moment, but at the same time our goal should be to go and win the league,” he said.

O’Donovan feels that starting slow has been a recent trait of this Cork side, as a slow start to last years league caught them dearly. He is looking ahead to this season with optimism.

“We’ve always been caught for starting very slow, even in matches.

“We got off to a bad start last year but I think it was a true testament to our character, at the end of the league when our backs were against the wall we had to beat Armagh and we went up and we beat Armagh.

“So I thought the back end of that league last year really changed us and I think we should be flying now this season,” O’Donovan said.

The UCC footballer was delighted with his sides win over NUIG in the opening round and Billy Morgan’s charges will now face IT Carlow in the quarter-final this weekend.

“Brilliant win altogether. We were really tested there at the very end. There were frees being given left, right and centre and it showed the true want in the team that we got over the line in the end,” he said.

O’Donovan is not sure what to make of the incoming tier two championship, but he feels it may be good and is hoping that it will lead to two competitive championships this season.

“I’m not sure at the moment. Hopefully it (tier two) will be good. It will give other counties some chance. It might be a bit more competitive in both competitions (tier one and tier two),” the UCC star said.

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