Collins admits Cork deserved criticism during the league but are still ready to rock for the summer

Collins admits Cork deserved criticism during the league but are still ready to rock for the summer
Mark Collins, left, of Cork and Johnny Buckley of Kerry. Picture: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Mark Woods

Football

THE Cork footballers might have disappointed by failing to get promoted from Division 2 of the league, but they are still gunning for Munster glory this summer.

The Rebels have the incentive of facing Kerry in the first provincial final at the new-look Páirc Uí Chaoimh on July 2, provided they can beat Waterford and then Tipp. 

According to Mark Collins at the launch of the Munster championship in Muckross House yesterday, Cork are eagerly awaiting the start of the championship on May 27 in Dungarvan.

“A rematch with Tipperary in Páirc Uí Rinn is something to really look forward to were we to get over Waterford. After last year’s defeat which was such a big disappointment, it would be something to look forward to. To be involved in the first Munster final at the new Páirc Uí Chaoimh is a big incentive. But with the way things have gone with us, you can’t take anyone for granted."

Cork took a lot of flak during the league, especially after a loss away to Clare, but Collins says they have to accept the criticism.

“We’ve probably had some shocking performances over the year. No one knows better than ourselves that we have disappointed.

“Obviously, the public is going to be disappointed as well. When the criticism is justified, you can’t do much about it. You can just put the head down and work away. 

“I think we are still a mentally strong group. We are a very close group. It might be strange to look in from the outside and say, ‘how are they still positive’. We’ve put in big performances after poor performances."

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