'We were still in Malaga in the first half'

'We were still in Malaga in the first half'
Julia White of Cork in action against Davia Tobin of Kilkenny. Picture: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

ASHLING Thompson was honest in summing up of the mood in the Cork camp after their narrow league final defeat to Kilkenny at Nowlan Park.

The Rebels were defeated 0-15 to 1-11, after falling 10 points down in the first half.

“Yeah, it’s extremely disappointing but no team deserves to win a game when you start like that.

“Look, we’re extremely happy with the way we fought back.

“I still think we could have won the game out, but I think Kilkenny probably deserved the win in the end.

“They came out all guns blazing and on top of their game and the first 20 minutes, blew us off the field.

“And probably deserved to be further ahead.

“But I’m proud of the girls for the way we fought back.

“We didn’t give in and we didn’t panic around certain situations, but that first half display was shocking, something that we’re not about.

“I know we do have a lot of players that are new to the panel so it’s a brand-new experience, but it will not do on any given day.”

She admitted that the sending off of Aoife Murray in the closing stages probably was a deciding factor in the end but believes the keeper did the right thing.

“I mean Aoife has to do what she has to do, last man standing you have to take her out of it, so I don’t blame Aoife in one sense.

“I think she was actually being given a yellow, but the umpire called it red so look that happens and I think we coped well with the sending off, but I think it had a factor alright.

“We were creeping, getting closer to that win but as I said I don’t think any team deserves to win on that note.”

Was there a reason for Cork’s very slow start?

“Well we had our team holiday last weekend, but I don’t think that that can be an excuse though.

“You need to come home, prepare and get your mind focused and I think we were still in Malaga in the first half.

“It took a lot out of the bodies, it took us 30 minutes to start.

“But it asks a lot of questions about Kilkenny too. Big time.

“Up 10 points and to come back and scrape it by a point I think it asks huge questions of them.”

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