Cork City Women’s manager Frank Kelleher has admitted he was proud of his player’s performance in their narrow defeat against Peamount United in Bishopstown on Saturday evening.
An unfortunate own goal from City defender Ciara McNamara proved to be the difference between the sides on the day after Saoirse Noonan’s second half strike had cancelled out Lucy McCartan’s stunning opener.
And speaking to the media shortly after the match, the City boss admitted his disappointment at the result but believes the overall performance offers reasons for his club to be optimistic for the rest of the season.
“I’m very proud of my players, they played very, very well for 90 minutes and took the game to Peamount,” enthused Kelleher.
“I think it was fifty fifty, it was a very even game, they got a goal early but I think for the last 20 minutes of the first half we dominated the game and had a couple of chances that we could have taken.
“We had a few words at half time about what we wanted to try and do I think the second half we started very strongly and for sure we deserved the equaliser, it was only a matter of time before it was coming.
“But it’s just very difficult when you concede a second goal like that, an own goal, it’s tough on the players because they’ve put such an effort in.
“These players have come on and developed hugely and I think they’re a very good group, we have started to match the best teams in the league.
“I’m hugely disappointed because I think the girls put in a huge effort and deserved more out of the game but its just one of those things, football can be cruel sometimes.
“I think we will take a lot of positives into next week because our performance was very, very good for the most part, I think we will look to take that into the UCD game for sure.”