Very few positives for Cork
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.
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.
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.
“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.
Cork are at home to Cavan in two weeks, while Louth host Roscommon.