SOMETIMES GOOD THINGS are unjustifiably considered great, while the opposite can also be true.
Cork’s comfortable win over Mayo last week was in stark contrast to a 2-14 to 1-7 hammering against Donegal in Ballyshannon yesterday. After two outings, Division 1 of the Allianz League has been of the chalk and cheese variety for Peadar Healy.
He feels they’re somewhere in-between.
Photo caption: Donegal’s Paddy McGrath on a strong out of defence under pressure from Paul Kerrigan from during Sunday’s Allianz League Division 1 game in Ballyshannon yesterday. Photo Evan Logan
“We are not as bad as what we played today and we are not good as were against Mayo,” Healy said outside the visitors’ dressing room yesterday evening.
“We are somewhere in between so we won’t be getting carried away with last Sunday or this. I would not be commiserating with me, the best team won and that was the end of it.”
Healy wasn’t papering over the cracks of a contest in which his side were comfortably dealt with by a Donegal team who are aiming to reach a sixth Ulster final on the bounce come summer.
“They dominated, they were physically strong than us, we have no excuses,” Healy said of Donegal. “In fairness to the players, they rallied well towards the end. We missed a few goal opportunities in the first half but we have no excuses. The best team won and that was it.”
Colm O’Neill was introduced in the last three minutes, which was something of a footnote at the time but it’s something that Healy can draw upon when the evenings get longer. Cork get back into Division 1 action against Roscommon on the last weekend in February.
“We only started with four of those who started in the Munster final,” Healy added. “A lot of young fellas started so we are finding out about them as well, and we are finding a lot about ourselves as management as well and we have a lot of work to do as management.
“There are a few players coming back but the fellas that we brought in today, they rallied well.”Tags: