Very few pos­i­tives for Cork

Irish Examiner - Sport - - GAA - Michael Moyni­han

Al­lianz FL Di­vi­sion 2 IT MAT­TERED

Cork’s early goal from Sean White was the buf­fer that proved valu­able in the sec­ond half. Louth lacked cre­ativ­ity up front dur­ing the game but in the sec­ond half when Cork were un­der pres­sure nu­mer­i­cally the cush­ion of that goal meant Louth were al­ways strug­gling to close the gap.

CAN’T IG­NORE

The weather. One flurry came at half-time, with some call­ing for an or­ange ball, but it had all but passed as the (white) ball was thrown in. An ear­lier sleety shower had turned into real snow in the first half, to ab­so­lutely no­body’s de­light.

GOOD DAY

Cork’s win was rooted in the work rate of ian Maguire and Ruairi Deane, ably sup­ported by Sean White and Cian Kiely sup­port­ing them on the over­lap. it meant Ronan Mccarthy’s side al­ways had bod­ies in the mid­dle to re­tain pos­ses­sion un­til an open­ing pre­sented it­self.

BEST ON SHOW

Michael Hur­ley was quick and in­ven­tive from cen­tre­for­ward, bring­ing play­ers into the game all through. Deane and Maguire’s ap­petite for work made all the dif­fer­ence, how­ever - a toss-up be­tween the two of them for the award, with Deane pos­si­bly shad­ing it be­cause of a sec­ond-half point when it was needed.

PHYSIO ROOM

“We made a num­ber of changes,” said Cork’s Ronan Mccarthy, “Brian Odriscoll got in­jured on Tues­day, he went over on his an­kle in train­ing, and John O’rourke was sick, we left out the Siger­son fel­las so that maybe added to the dis­jointed play if you want to use that word. i don’t think Brian’s in­jury is too se­ri­ous, he should be el­i­gi­ble in two weeks’ time.”

MAN IN THE MID­DLE

Martin Mcnally han­dled the game well, helped by two teams play­ing in the right spirit, apart from the first-half body check of Cork’s Conor Dor­man.

NEXT UP?

Cork are at home to Ca­van in two weeks, while Louth host Roscom­mon.

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