AFTER Cork’s surprise 3-13 to 1-18 loss to Tipperary on Saturday evening, manager Ephie Fitzgerald felt it was a game they should have won, and was disappointed in the way they conceded the goals.
“Very disappointed to lose, there were stages in the game when we were coasting. The long ball inside troubled us a fair bit,” said Ephie.
“Fair play to Tipperary they really ran at us in the second half and we didn’t cope with their intensity and as a consequence, we conceded 3-13.
“You know it’s a game we should have won, but didn’t and we just have to learn from it.
"We have a lot of young players and it takes a little bit of adjusting. But once they got a bit of momentum going we didn’t respond. It’s hard to describe it really and we will look at it again."
It's was especially frustrating as the Rebels were involved for the first time in a double-header at Páirc Uí Rinn with the men's side, who also lost.
“It’s a game we should have won, but didn’t and we are very disappointed and just have to pick up the pieces and go again next week.
“I don’t think that complacency set in, as some might think, to be honest, we are a bit inexperienced and you have to learn from games like this.
“But I thought our younger girls battled well tonight to be fair, the twins (Daire and Eimear Kiely), Laura O’Mahony and Sadhbh O’Leary, played well.
“Physically they were very strong around the middle of the field and they seemed to get through us quite easily at times and we didn’t cope with that."
Tipp, coached by Mourneabbey boss Shane Ronayne, have pushed Cork hard before but without beating them.
“I don’t think it was complacency, the game was just too open for our liking. The goals were three long balls into the square that caught us out and that’s something we will have to look at and we have plenty to work on.
“It just goes to show that you have to be at your peak and play well all the time to get a result.
"Hopefully, we will have a full squad back next week and will drive on from there then,” concluded Ephie.