Pat Mulcahy: Cork facilities ‘a disgrace’

Former captain Pat Mulcahy has identified three key reasons behind Cork’s dismal form in the Allianz Hurling League — including the lack of proper training facilities for manager Kieran Kingston and his players in pre-season.
Pat Mulcahy: Cork facilities ‘a disgrace’

The 2005 All-Ireland medallist has described as “a disgrace” the scenario where Cork didn’t have an adequate pitch to train on before commencing their league campaign.

Mulcahy explained: “There are three reasons why Cork have had a poor League campaign.

“Number one, they were coming from an incredibly low base last year. In the championship against notable teams — Waterford and Galway — both hammered them.

“We also got nothing from last year’s U21 team, very few between the ages of 18-23 have stepped up.

“And Cork didn’t train on pitches before they started the league — they had nowhere to train.

“I spoke to Kieran Kingston about this and they were using the fourth pitch in Mallow. So they had nothing done, which is a disgrace, from a facilities perspective.”

Cork lost all five of their Division 1A fixtures and now face Galway for top-flight survival at Pearse Stadium on Sunday week.

And Mulcahy is also concerned that Cork conceded, on average, 29 points per league game.

“They just look open and don’t look cohesive, even with a sweeper. To my mind, sweepers can make defenders tend to be a bit looser.

“It’s all about space in defence and denying space but even with the sweeper there, they don’t seem to be able to deny opposition space.

“There’s too much of it in front of the Cork full-back line and they’ve got to shut down that space and learn how to defend.”

But Mulcahy is still backing Kingston to get things right ahead of the Munster SHC quarter-final showdown with Tipperary on May 22.

“Honestly, I think this is very early for him. He’s only had about four weeks training done with them and you have to give him championship.

“You could have a good league campaign but you’ll still be judged on the championship.

“He’s a pretty modern coach with good guys around him and we’ll have a defined system, which we didn’t have last year.

“I think they’ll have that this year in the first round and it will be a different Cork team come championship.

“But these Cork players haven’t won a lot in the last couple of years and have had a couple of big defeats, not just by a few points.”

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