Ladies footballers prepare for trip up north after bouncing back from Dublin loss

Ladies footballers prepare for trip up north after bouncing back from Dublin loss
Doireann O'Sullivan goes past Westmeath's Amie Giles. Picture: Eddie O'Hare

CORK ladies footballers recorded their third league win of the season on Sunday as they got the better of Westmeath at Mallow.

The Rebels never looked like losing this one, from start to finish, but even with their early domination, they could have been behind.

Early points from the impressive Orla Finn, Ciara O’Sullivan and Doireann O’Sullivan had them 0-4 to no score up after 19 minutes.

However in that time, Westmeath had five wides, four from frees, and all really should have been scored.

Granted, they were against the wind, which was swirling around the pitch, but they were close in and two of them were in front of the posts.

Westmeath did rally, with a goal and point in two minutes to level it, but a strong finish to the half set up Cork for the win.

Against the wind in the second-half Cork had some impressive performances in defence, with Melissa Duggan, Marie O’Callaghan and Shauna Kelly leading by example.

Libby Coppinger is tackled by Westmeath's Nicole Feery. Picture: Eddie O'Hare
Libby Coppinger is tackled by Westmeath's Nicole Feery. Picture: Eddie O'Hare

Up front, Libby Coppinger, who got the last score of the first-half, was a constant thorn in Westmeath’s side and was involved in many of Cork’s good moves.

When you have the likes of Finn and the O’Sullivan’s around her to finish them off then you will win more than you lose.

Finn added four more to her first-half tally of 2-2 to ensure that Cork ran out winners by 2-13 to 1-6.

Manager, Ephie Fitzgerald, was happy with the win, but his thoughts also turned to the week ahead and he had more than just Donegal on his mind.

With such a long trip North on the horizon; he was also conscious of the weather for the week ahead of that game.

“It’s a long trip up there and the weather forecast for the week isn’t great so we will have to keep an eye on that. They won today as well so that’s a big game for us now.

“I was at their game against Westmeath and it was close up until just before half-time but then Donegal got on top and won well.

“But we are set up now nicely to qualify for the league play-offs and I think another three points would probably see us through.

“We will be going up there to give it a go and it would be great to come away with the win. We bounced back in this one from our loss to Dublin and we are three out of four and it was important we got that reaction from the players.

“Overall we didn’t play with any real fluency, but the most important thing was to take the points on offer. We set a target of winning all our home games and in that regard we are two out of two so we will see now what happens next weekend,” concluded Ephie.

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