Cork blow as Shields sidelined for four weeks

Cork football captain Michael Shields will be out for at least four weeks with a knee strain sustained in Sunday’s eight-point win over Westmeath in the NFL.

“The ball came across the square and I caught it but I felt a pop and it was at me after that,” Shields explained.

Cork opened their league campaign with an impressive performance, and Shields says the second half display shows what Cork are capable of.

“The young lads have brought a freshness to the set-up, and Brian (Cuthbert) has brought in his own ideas, which is good, and it’s all shown in our good start to the league.

“Hopefully we can beat Kildare as well next week and get four points in the bag before the two-week break. That’d set us up well.

“We’re working on defending, we’re working on the non-tackling side of the game, and you could see passages of that today — I won’t lie either, there were a lot of things in the first half that we wouldn’t be happy with.

“We know we’re capable of doing better, but it’s early days and we did show in the second half what we’re capable of. ”

Shields acknowledged there were issues for Cork to work on.

“I thought we were good in the first 10 minutes or so but we missed a lot of chances that we probably should have put over.

“But in fairness in the second half we showed the football we’re capable of playing — quick passes to fellas coming off the shoulder and we took the chances when they presented themselves. That was encouraging.”

Shields also praised the newcomers: “You saw the lads who came on — Brian O’Driscoll and Ruairi Deane from Bantry — and they’re good players. They’re lads who’ve proved themselves at minor and U21 level and they’re going well at training. It’s good to see the youth there because that’s what the side needs.”


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