IT was no great surprise that the Cork ladies footballers got the better of Cavan in their TG4 All-Ireland Championship clash at Mullingar last Saturday.
Indeed you could say the opposite – it would have been a major surprise if they hadn’t won well.
Cavan are not in the same class as Cork at the moment and the final scoreline of 6-19 to 3-8 reflected that. Indeed were Cork not a little rusty, having not played in a month, it could have been worse.
Cavan had played the previous week, where they got the better of Armagh, but even in that win there were danger signs there for them – conceding six goals like they did again last Saturday.
For Cork there were plenty of positives, any game you score 6-19 has to be one you are happy with. Add in some impressive displays from the likes of Aine O’Sullivan, Melissa Duggan and Player of the Game Orla Finn and they can look forward in confident form.
But above all them, in the 40th minute, was a moment that manager Ephie Fitzgerald and the player herself have been waiting some time for.
Cork captain, Doireann O’Sullivan made a welcome return to the playing field, something bar a few minutes early in the league, she hasn’t graced since December last year.
A back injury has kept her out and it will still be a number of games before she is likely to start. But Doireann is a natural captain and even though her side won well she kept them in a tight circle afterwards to have a few choice words with all, especially in the manner in which they had conceded three sloppy goals.
“It was a high intensity game, but that’s what you are going to get at this level and I don’t think the scoreline reflects the effort Cavan put in,” said Doireann.
“They are a good side and have some quality players and we knew that it wasn’t going to be easy.
“They had game the previous week and that stood to them as we weren’t out for the last month or so.
“We will be doing video analysis of the game and we certainly won’t be happy with the way we gave away three goals. It looked like we were on top and then Cavan got a soft goal and they were right back in it.
“Then within two or three minutes they got another and we will have to take a serious look at that during the week. We certainly won’t win an All-Ireland title if we are going to doing things like that.
“We had a few words there after the game and we will be looking to put that right going forward, but for now we will take the win and prepare for Armagh,” concluded Doireann.