Counihan has injury worries

BOTH managers had contrasting concerns after Saturday’s game in Páirc Uí Chaoimh.

The future of Cavan boss Tommy Carr was under the spotlight after their crushing defeat while Cork chief, Conor Counihan, was preoccupied with the injuries which forced midfielders Alan O’Connor and Aidan Walsh off while Colm O’Neill limped off in the last minute.

Asked if he believed he would have a continuing involvement, Carr replied: “I have just discussed it with the chairman. We are not making any announcements like that. (There’s) no rush.”

Counihan is hopeful O’Neill will be fine and that they would be keeping their ‘fingers crossed’ that the other two would be fit for selection for next weekend’s third round of qualifiers. Management is ‘hopeful enough’ that an injury which kept Paul Kerrigan out of the game is not too serious.

On the credit side, he welcomed the return of John Miskella, who only played for a brief period in extra-time in the replay against Kerry and the opportunity for Nicholas Murphy to get game time following his return to club action recently after injury. He came in for Walsh.

Counihan conceded that he wasn’t happy with aspects of his team’s display: “Unfortunately Cavan didn’t perform to their ability. We wouldn’t have learned a whole pile, that’s the reality. The purpose was to get through to the next round. That’s as much as you can do.

“I had seen them two weeks against Wicklow; they won a great game that night. I would have expected a much better performance, but when things start to go wrong for you, they can go very wrong. We have all had days like that. I’d be sorry for them as I would for any team that under-performs.”


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