The Cork ladies footballers are looking forward to Croker trip but deserve to play in the new Páirc

The Cork ladies footballers are looking forward to Croker trip but deserve to play in the new Páirc
Cork's Bríd O'Sullivan crashes the ball to the Monaghan net past Hazel Kingham and Linda Martin. Picture: David Keane.

CORK ladies football manager, Ephie Fitzgerald, said he hoped that his side would get to play at Páirc Uí Chaoimh sometime in the not-too-distant future.

He was speaking after his side had a comprehensive 4-14 to 1-7 win over Monaghan at Mallow on Sunday.

His comments came as he prepares to take his side to take on Dublin next Saturday evening at Croke Park at 5pm, ahead of the Dublin men’s game.

He knows it’s not as easy as it sounds to happen, but said there is good will there on both sides and he hoped it would happen in his tenure as manager.

“It’s going to be a new experience for a lot of our girls playing in a big stadium like Corke Park next Sunday and there aren’t too many who have played there before at this stage.

“The likes of Emma Spillane and Melissa Duggan, amongst others, haven’t been there so it will be a new experience for them.

“It’s a step forward in terms of the ladies game to have it played at Croker and to be live on telly is great as well.

“But it’s a bit ironic that Dublin have three games live and the likes of Cork have only one. 

"That will be our only live game.

“I’d also like to see our girls playing at Páirc Uí Chaoimh at some stage. 

"Whether it happens or not I will wait and see.

“It would be nice to see it played as part of a double header with the men sometime. 

Cork full-forward Eimear Scally lobs the ball over Monaghan goalkeeper Linda Martin to score a fine goal. Picture: David Keane.
Cork full-forward Eimear Scally lobs the ball over Monaghan goalkeeper Linda Martin to score a fine goal. Picture: David Keane.

"I mean it’s sad for me that the likes of Rena Buckley and Briege Corkery haven’t got the chance to play there.

“That’s something we hope to see happen going forward, but I know that logistically there would be a bit of work involved to see it happen.

“I know there is good will on both sides and it would be great to see the girls playing at the Pairc.

"I hope that it will happen in my tenure as manager,” concluded Ephie.

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