Morrissey: Nine times out of 10 shots like that can end up in the stand

Morrissey: Nine times out of 10 shots like that can end up in the stand
Gearóid Morrissey. Picture: INPHO/Laszlo Geczo

HAVING begun their SSE Airtricity League Premier Division campaign with two defeats, Cork City are now three games without defeat after Friday’s 4-3 win at Finn Harps.

Midfielder Gearóid Morrissey brought his tally of goals for the season to three, scoring two screamers, and he agreed it was an important victory.

“It was, it was massive,” he told RedFM’s Big Red Bench.

“Going up there is extremely difficult, I don’t know what it is about Ballybofey, but, if you went up there in the middle of June, you’d find yourself in a thunderstorm! It’s unbelievable.

“The pitch cut up fairly early. Even after the warm-up, it was bad enough. It was a real battle of a game. It’s kind of what you expect going up there, every game. With that and the journey, the fact that we came away with the three points, made it all the sweeter going back the road.”

Kevin O'Connor chatting with Gearóid Morrissey. Picture: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile
Kevin O'Connor chatting with Gearóid Morrissey. Picture: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile

However, despite the slow start, City weren’t feeling huge pressure.

“We didn’t even think about it in terms like that,” said Morrissey. “It wasn’t like, ‘if we don’t do this, it’s going to look like this’, or, ‘if we do this, this is what’s happening’, we didn’t do that. We just approached the game the right way, got the head down and went into it like that, which I think is the best way to do it really, in my experience anyway, otherwise, you’re playing on outcomes that haven’t even happened yet and it can effect you if you’re imagining things like that.

“We didn’t think about anything else, we just put in the shift and got the points.”

The goals made Morrissey a viral sensation on Saturday morning as the clips were shared widely.

“I was trying to sleep on Saturday morning and the phone was hopping. I didn’t know what was going on,” he said, laughing. “I’m happy to have got the win, but as long as the goals are coming, then happy days.

“You don’t try to do anything like that, it was just the way the ball came, the only way I could put control on it when it came over my head was to get a touch on it and keep it up.

“Thankfully, it did and, then when the defender came, I took a touch to take it over him. I set myself up then for a volley, try to keep it down and hopefully it’ll go in. 

"Nine times out of 10, they can end up in the stand!

“It’s always funny when you get a goal; you could have the game of your life and not score and nothing is said but then you could have a bang-average game and score a goal and get all the attention.”

Having fallen behind to an early goal from Harps’ Caolán McAleer, City were forced to respond.

“We just didn’t start the game properly,” said Morrissey. “There’s not much you can blame, really, we just weren’t as focused as we should have been. 

"I felt like we were, we went through our usual routine and had a huddle and everybody was buzzing for it. For whatever reason, we just switched off for the first few minutes, but thankfully we turned it around and got the focus back.

“At half-time, we had a word and thankfully we were at it then in the second half. There were 20 minutes where we won the game and we just had to see it out then.”

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