Ladies footballers opened their league campaign with a ruthless dismissal of Kerry

Ladies footballers opened their league campaign with a ruthless dismissal of Kerry
Picture: Tom Russell

A GOOD display, and more importantly two points in the bag, for the Cork ladies senior football team after the opening round of the Lidl National League.

The Rebels travelled to Knocknagoshel on Sunday to take on Kerry, as they did in the first round last year.

It was a similar result with the Cork ladies winning well and were thoroughly deserving 2-17 to 0-9 winners.

Defensively Cork were very impressive, with Marie Ambrose and Emma Spillane leading by example. Mention also must be made of Beatrice Casey, who was making her league debut, and she fitted in well at centre-back.

Up front, the Kerry defence couldn’t deal with the likes of Orla Finn, Eimear Scally, and Doireann O’Sullivan. Between them, they scored 11 of their side’s total, with all the forward line scoring.

Last season their results took a dip after the win over Kerry before they rallied to take their ninth league title in 10 years and that dip is something manager, Ephie Fitzgerald, is conscious of.

Naturally, he was delighted to get off to a good start but was probably happier with the attitude of the players and their commitment than the actual result itself.

“The conditions weren’t great, although, in fairness, the pitch was in great nick, it was the wind etc that made it difficult over the hour.

“It was dog eat dog and we have a lot to improve on, but I was very heartened by the commitment of the girls. In the first-half (playing against the wind) we could have been another five or six points ahead. We missed a lot of scores.

“We got a great start to the second-half, with a couple of points and the goal and then after that, it was tit-for-tat really and going through the motions a bit.

“But we are pleased to get the win because in this league it’s not easy to win on the road. Kerry were missing a good few players and we are under no illusions about that, but at the same time when you come here, they always give their best for the jersey.

“But I think our attitude at the start was very good, we really focused, we took the game to them and we were ahead for all of it.

“At half-time, we were worried the girls take the wind for granted and be thinking that will win the game for us but I think the goal after half-time really settled the issue and we drove on from there.

“The wind was a factor and sometimes you don’t know whether to play with it or against it first. But I felt coming down that it was the first league game and it would take a bit of time for Kerry to settle and ourselves to settle it would be better to play against it first.

“It worked out today, but really it was the commitment of the players that was the key thing. We will learn a few lessons from this and take them into the clash with Monaghan next week now,” concluded Ephie.

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