Conor Counihan vows Cork comeback


Cork boss Conor Counihan has urged his side to move on from Sunday’s defeat to their old rivals Kerry as the Sam Maguire holders prepare for the All-Ireland qualifiers.

“We’re disappointed with the result, particularly our level of performance in the first half,” said Counihan. “We gave away plenty of possession and against a quality side like that you can’t do that. They’ll punish you.

“It’s time to analyze the situation of why we did that and move on. We had possession but when we came up the field we turned it over and that’s what cost us.

“We gave away soft ball -- guys making poor decisions and fellas will be disappointed with that. That can happen. For so many to happen on the one day and in the first-half is startling.

“Kerry are certainly one of the top teams, no doubt about that. If they get players back they’ll be that bit stronger but my focus is solely on Cork and trying to work on where we need to improve.”

Counihan was adamant there was no point dwelling on the defeat.  “We can analyze it whatever way we do but the reality is that they are now Munster champions, we move on from this,” he said.

“We look ahead to the qualifiers and let’s see what we can do. It was an opportunity no doubt but we may have lost the battle but we haven’t lost the war. Hopefully we can get back to maybe playing like we did in the second 35 minutes.”

Cork captain Graham Canty admitted that all the damage was done in the first half as far as his team was concerned.

“We played better in the second half,” admitted Canty. “We seemed to tighten up and didn’t give them as much space. Kerry are a good side, they are very tough to beat in Killarney and it proved the same again today.

“We had a good final 35 but the first 35 let us down. We had a mountain to climb but the clock beat us really.”

Qualifiers Set

Cork will play Galway in a mouth watering All-Ireland hurling qualifier at the Gaelic Grounds in Limerick on Saturday afternoon. The game will be preceded by a football qualifier featuring Limerick and Offaly.

The second hurling qualifier down for decision this weekend will also take place on Saturday when Parnell Park in Dublin hosts the match between Antrim and Limerick with a 7 p.m. start.

Bonnar Quits

Colm Bonnar quit as Wexford hurling manager after his team’s 2-13 to 1-22 defeat to Limerick in the All-Ireland qualifiers on Saturday.

Former Tipperary star Bonnar said, “From my own perspective I feel now it is time to move on and let somebody else in. Much as we tried it just has not worked. It is very disappointing to finish with that kind of result, but there is an extremely talented team there.

“Despite this defeat there is hope. Wexford is a great hurling county and there is a great passion there for hurling and I have no doubt that they will pick it up.
“With more younger lads and a good structure they will pick themselves up. They are in Division One next year and they can improve.”

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