Article by Gareth Maher of Daily Mail - Mon 11th Feb
NOT since the opening day of the season have Cork Women’s tasted victory and the bitterness of defeat has become all too familiar for the league’s bottom team.
Winning is a habit they have fallen out of and the longer that it goes on, the greater the gap grows between them and the other teams — both in terms of points and, most importantly, confidence.
The most reassuring thing the Cork players can be told is that it only takes one win to change it all. And
manager Maurice Farrell just needs to point to how DLR Waves ended their frustratingly long streak for
that first win and followed it up with two more.
Individual quality is not an issue in the squad with the likes of Denise O’Sullivan, Lynsey McKey, Clare
Shine and Megan Connolly amongst some of the best players in the league. Although, clicking as a team
and doing enough to ensure silly errors do not continually let them down is what Farrell must fix.
Next up is a home game against Shamrock Rovers — a team only one point ahead of them in the table —
and it must be viewed as a chance to get back to winning ways.
Ironically, it was this exact fixture five months ago when Cork last celebrated a league victory. The obvious area to address is their porous defence, which has shipped 36 goals in 11 games, and that is why they have lost nine times in a one tier league that they are more than capable of holding their own in. But they have to prove that they can soar higher and match (or better) the achievement of last year when they finished a credible third behind the mighty duo of Peamount United and Raheny United.
Right now, catching up with those two (and Wexford Youths) looks to be nothing more than a pipe dream, but Farrell has to instill a belief in his squad that they can climb off the foot of the table and turn their
If they can be tighter in defence, offer more support from midfield, and keep fighting in games even when they concede a goal, then things could start looking up for them. And a competitive Cork side will spice things up in the league.