THE footballers' 3-16 to 1-16 loss to Tipperary in their opening league game in the Páirc highlighted two main areas of concern for Cork, not taking chances at one end and conceding too much at the other.
Cork converted just one of four goal-scoring chances while Tipp claimed three of their four to reflect a significant difference between the pair.
“We were a point up at half-time and should have been further ahead. We started the second-half well, but, then, Tipp took over and converted their chances,” said a disappointed coach, Ronan McCarthy
“We worked great moves in tight areas and could have scored goals, but one hit the post and another was taken off the line. On another night, we could have had four goals.
“We had them in trouble on their own kick out in the first-half and felt we were well on top,” he added.
Tipp’s 2-3 without response in a 10-minute spell during the third quarter identified another key factor for Cork.
“That was the most disappointing aspect. Teams will have periods of dominance and there’s no question about that, but we must limit and restrict what they score which we didn’t. It’s something we will work on as we go along.”
Tipp had more players on view from the championship meeting last season, but McCarthy didn’t believe that was an issue.
“It wasn’t a topic in advance of the game and I’m not going to throw it out now.
“If anything, I thought a lot of our new players really stood up and did extremely well.
“And it was difficult for them, an opening league game, the first involving a Cork team in the new Pairc.
“Maybe they were a bit more experienced than us, but we still felt we had a good enough team and squad coming into the game to win it.
Despite playing against the wind in the first-half, Cork still led by a point at the interval.
“I felt we were going ok, but I thought there was more in us. We will get it out of them as we go along.
“It changes the dynamics of a game if you’re four or five points in front because players believe they can try things.”