Down manager McCartan wary of Cork in build up to semi-final

Declan McAteer Posted by
declan@newrytimes.com
Thursday, April 12th, 2012
Sport

Down manager James McCartan has acknowledged the huge task of beating Cork in the National League semi-finals this month. Cork has beaten Down in the previous four meeting, the last three of which were by at least 12 points.

McCartan said, “Cork have been handing us fairly heavy defeats over the past wee while, so sometimes you have to be careful what you wish for. We’ve lost a few players today through injury. Dan Gordon has to have an x-ray on his foot and he would be a key player for us, and Neil McParland picked up an injury too. Sometimes when you get into semi-finals, the extra games you have help you but you leave yourself open to injuries and suspensions.”

McCartan also looked back on the Laois game, seeing examples of Down’s quality infront of goal, something that may prove to be pivotal in the upcoming semi-final, “We played in flashes but to be honest it was disappointing because our execution wasn’t there. The amount of times we were nearly scoring goals… but the fact that we are putting ourselves in that position is good. We got the two goals, which is great but we should have had more than that.”

Down face Cork in the National Football League Division One Semi Finals this Sunday at Croke Park.


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