Cork captain Buckley: We'll have to improve to cope with the Cats at Croke Park

Cork captain Buckley: We'll have to improve to cope with the Cats at Croke Park
Cork's Hannah Looney, Lauren Homan and Niamh McCarthy celebrate after the game. Picture: INPHO/Bryan Keane

“THRILLED,“was the first reaction of Cork camogie captain Rena Buckley after her side's victory over Galway in the Gaelic Grounds to set up an All-Ireland final rematch with Kilkenny. 

“We were lucky to get out of here today with a win, we started well and had a nice cushion at halftime but I suppose we were only clinging on there in the second half. Galway will be very disappointed not to have got something out of the game but semi-finals are there to be won and thank god we got the win today so we are pleased with that.“ 

The Inniscarra club woman, who will be the first player to captain Cork to an All-Ireland final in both codes at senior, acknowledged their first-half performance, leading 2-6 to 0-6, was crucial to their narrow win.

“If we are to win a final we can’t play like that again... we need to maintain our performances for 60 minutes. We will have to look at that now and try and assess it and hopefully we will improve for the final in three weeks. 

"Galway had a lot of wides from frees and I don’t think they really played to their full potential in the opening half and we but they came out all guns blazing in the second half. I think they will go home disgusted they didn’t get something out of it here today but we dug deep and got over the line and that is what counts.”

Looking ahead to the final she says Cork will be ready;

“I suppose last year we were hugely disappointed and it's great to be back in the final. We will put our heads down now and give it a right go and do our best. It’s great to be heading to Croke Park and we will do everything in our power to bring the title home. “ 

Cork boss Paudie Murray was just happy to have got over the line. 

"No doubt it was hard but the game will stand to us it was a tough game and we stood up to the challenge when they came at us. Defensively we were superb all through and we showed huge character to fashion out a win.

"We came into the game with a few injuries and we lost Gemma O'Connor with 15 minutes reaming but we never panicked and did what was needed to win. We will look at it now and see where we can improve and we are looking forward to the final against Kilkenny. 

"We have three weeks now and we will give it our very best shot to take the title.”

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