The McGrath Cup gave the footballers the chance to blood new players ahead of the league

The McGrath Cup gave the footballers the chance to blood new players ahead of the league
Picture: Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile

CORK manager Ronan McCarthy admitted that he would “have preferred to have won the game” but he was satisfied that they “got benefit out of taking part in this competition.”

Speaking after Saturday’s McGrath Cup senior football final, played in front of an attendance of 932 at Hennessy park in Miltown-Malbay in West Clare he said: “It was a good competitive match for both teams. 

"There were a lot of mistakes and poor handling but conditions were difficult. 

"Obviously, we wanted to win but we got benefit out of the exercise. 

"We were down five points early in the second half but we responded well and we had a sin-binning as well. 

"We worked very hard and there is a good spirit in the team, it was a worthwhile exercise overall,” he said.

“The competition provided us with the opportunity to see a lot of players and that was the plan, to see everybody and everybody would get a start and we managed that,” according to the manager.

“These are very testing games for young players, new players, a lot of fellas stepped up very well and showed well. 

"Overall, it’s very positive but we are disappointed to lose the game.”

Cork manager Ronan McCarthy. Picture: Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile
Cork manager Ronan McCarthy. Picture: Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile

Looking ahead to the league he said: “We will meet again in Ennis in four weeks. 

"We will have a better picture of both teams at that stage which will be round 3 of the league. 

"We will have a better idea of how we are going. 

"Overall, it was a very worthwhile exercise over the last couple of weeks and players have done very well."

Clare boss Colm Collins was happy with the win.

“You have to be happy when you win a match but that is as far as it goes. 

"We got some young fellas in playing these games. It was a tough day. 

"We played into their hands a lot and we gave away far too much ball in the first half especially. 

"I felt if we had been a little bit more efficient and more clever we should have been well out of sight.”

Gary Brennan of Clare in action against Nathan Walsh. Picture: Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile
Gary Brennan of Clare in action against Nathan Walsh. Picture: Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile

Asked about the new playing rules which are being trialled at present he was clearly not happy with them.

“I am not having a cut. The people who put these together are genuine people and I have great respect for them but I would ask has it changed the game for the better and I believe the answer is a definite No. 

"So why are we going through this ridiculous situation where we are going to have to play them for the league and then change for the championship when they are not making one blind bit of difference?

"As a matter of fact, I think it plays into blanket defence.”

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