We’re back at training now almost 6 weeks. Our first match against Mayo had to be postponed, as the weather had made many pitches unplayable. The following weekend we played Kildare in round 2 of the league. With a game under their belt Kildare were going to be tough opposition. As we travelled to Kildare, the panel were looking forward to the first game of season, but there were major concerns, as we were without some of regulars due to injuries. Eamon and the rest of the management opted for a mix of youth and experience on the day and we emerged with the points. With impressive performances from a number of players, it was the ideal start to our league campaign.
The following weekend we were on the road again, making the long journey to Monaghan. Monaghan had been very impressive last season, although some critics would say they never reached their through potential. The match was played in very windy conditions. Monaghan got a glorious start clocking up 4 unanswered points before we hit the target. Monaghan hit a purple patch with 10minutes left in the first half and by half time we were trailing by 7 points. However, the wind was in our favour in the second half, and both teams gave great performances.However, Monaghan beat us by 3 points at the finish. Although we would have been pleased with our performance, we were disappointed with the result, but there was no denying that the better team had won on the day.
Feburary 27th was initially set aside as a weekend free from games but as a result of missing round 1 in the league we played Mayo at home. Cork and Mayo battles never fail to entertain. Mayo put together a strong opposition and kept with in touching distance of us throughout the first half, with the wind assisting us in the second half in CIT, we pulled away from Mayo and claimed full points. A win at home was vital to keep our play-off hopes alive.
Our most recent game was last weekend in CIT again, against an up and coming Donegal team. Donegal travelled to Cork on the back of 3 very successful games, scoring 6-6 in their previous game. The team approached the game in a professional and clinical manner despite Donegal’s reputation. We got the perfect start and found ourselves up 1-4 to 0-1 after 15 minutes. Donegal never gave up and kept working tirelessly throughout the whole game. This Donegal team will definitely be one to watch in the future.
We now lie second in the Division 1 table with 3 more vital games to come.Starting this weekend 13th March, away to Laois, followed by a game away to Galway on 27th March. The final game on April 3rd will see the replay of last years All Ireland quarter final, Cork v’s Tyrone. Thankfully we won’t have the long journey to make; it will be the turn of Tyrone to travel to down south.
While we are still without the services of some of our more experienced players such as Angela Walsh, Geraldine O Flynn, Linda Barrett, and Ciara O Sullivan, all of which are missed, the girls who have come in have certainly stepped up the mark. The atmosphere within the team is positive and effort levels are honest, and at this stage of the year there isn’t any more you can ask. So we’re just looking forward to the rest of the league and reaching the playoffs in April and May.