Ryan unhappy as club games go on

Cork ladies football manager Eamonn Ryan has bemoaned the fact that 28 members of his panel were involved in club action less than a fortnight before their All-Ireland final contest against Dublin on Sunday week.

The county senior semi-finals were played on Tuesday night, as was the senior B decider between Donoughmore and Bride Rovers.

Cork dual stars Briege Corkery (St Val’s), Angela Walsh (Inch Rovers) and Rena Buckley (Donoughmore) lined out for a second time in three days, with Corkery to play her third game in six days tomorrow as Cloughduv lock horns with St Finbarr’s in the Cork camogie championship.

Ryan says it is a minor miracle not one player picked up an injury.

“I think we are lucky there were no injuries. From Sunday to Tuesday night we had 28 players involved in matches and thankfully they have all come through,” he remarked.

“It is anything but ideal, but c’est la vie. There is no point voicing our concerns. We just drive on.”

Doireann O’Sullivan, left half-forward in last year’s All-Ireland final win, returned to competitive action when lining out for Mourneabbey in Tuesday’s semi-final victory over Inch Rovers. O’Sullivan injured her knee in this summer’s All-Ireland U21 semi-final against Dublin and has not played a single minute of championship football for the Rebels.

“Doireann has had a lot of trouble with her knee. She seems to be going well at the moment. She knows she is back in the running, she knows she is back in the frame. It is another option for us.

“The A v B panel games have been very good. We have another one tonight in Páirc Uí Chaoimh. We had one in Carrigadrohid recently and it was outstanding.”

The Cork County Board have fixed several games on the afternoon of the ladies football decider.

Ryan does not believe local action will take from Cork support in Croke Park: “I would see no reason why Cork games should be put off the day we are playing. It is a different organisation. I have asked for Páirc Uí Chaoimh three times this year and I have got it with a heart and a half. We will be in there tonight, no stipulations, no problems. There will still be enough people from Cork to fill Croke Park if they wanted to go. I genuinely believe that.”

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