Murray warns Cork they have to ditch the bad habits despite hammering Wexford

Murray warns Cork they have to ditch the bad habits despite hammering Wexford
Goalkeeper Aoife Murray wins the ball from Wexford's Stacey Kehoe. Picture: Eddie O'Hare

CORK captain Aoife Murray felt the Rebels fell into some poor habits during their 1-19 to 0-7 hammering of Wexford at Páirc Uí Rinn on Saturday.  

With Galway and Kilkenny in the other group of the round robin system, All-Ireland champions Cork are expected to cruise into the semi-finals.

"We could have had a lot more on the scoreboard but at least we were trying the right thing the majority of the time and at other times we just had poor decision-making. But for the first round of the championship you’d have to be happy to walk away with stuff to learn and improve on. 

"There’s no point in shooting out the lights in the first round of championship," Murray said.

There was a stop/start nature to the game and I asked her if that was bound to have an effect on concentration?

"Yeah in the first half the referee gave a minute water break because of the heat, which I don’t think suited either team, but I can totally understand why he did it. Everyone kind of dropped a small bit and then before you knew it, it was half time and there was 15 minutes of a break at half time. 

"It was hard to kind of get yourself going. There was a lot of stops as well. Maybe there was no flow to it, but you know we still scored 1-19 with not a great flow so that’s a positive."

Ashling Thompson bursts pass Wexford's Linda Bolger. Picture: Eddie O'Hare
Ashling Thompson bursts pass Wexford's Linda Bolger. Picture: Eddie O'Hare

Cork again took some very impressive scores and Murray was happy with that side of their game.

"Yeah, we’re obviously working very hard on that. Individual scores are great but when we look back at the amount of girls who did score and even the ones that didn’t, the work rate in the first half in our full forward line in particular of Linda (Collins) and Niamh (McCarthy) was great to see. 

"Maybe we dropped off that level (during the game) and I’m sure the lads will tell us that on Tuesday."

Referring to Katrina Mackey’s powerful goal to finish the game Aoife was loud in her praise. 

"Yeah, I suppose we were shouting at her to put it over the bar but to be fair Katrina backed herself and when she’s on form she’s one of the best players I’ve ever seen. She had a great first half as well and she earned that goal at the end. 

"And took it really well, a tight angle and everything."

It’s Dublin in two weeks’ time and they will pose a much tougher challenge.

"I suppose first rounds are always very nervy. To be fair, you just want to get out of the blocks and you want to get those points on the board. 

"We’re facing a team that went to the semi-final last year and pushed Kilkenny very much in that semi-final so they’re not going to be here to just get a draw and a point. 

"So, it’s actually going to be a massive test in two weeks."

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