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That was the verdict of Cork City women’s assistant manager Ivan Bevan following his side’s disappointing 2-1 defeat to Wexford Youths in the quarter final of the Continental Tyres Women’s National League Cup last Sunday.

Clare O’Riordan’s excellent finish deep into injury time at the end of the match was enough to see Wexford come from behind to narrowly beat a spirited Cork team.

That loss came just three days after the Leesider’s had been rocked by the news that Frank Kelleher, who helped the club win the F.A.I Cup last season, had decided to resign from his position as manager.

“We found out on Thursday night and it’s been a whirlwind few days really. Frank asked us to do this game for him because he wanted some continuity for the club and he didn’t want to leave them high and dry so it’s been fine,” added Bevan.

“The structures we have in place and the structures Frank has put in place made it easy.

“Everyone knows what they have to do, everyone knows their role, everyone knows what to do on match day so even though it was a small bit of extra pressure it was fine, there was no problem.

“Frank runs his own business and that puts a lot of pressure on you so he just felt he had to focus on that and focus on a few personal things and that’s all he told us. Anything beyond that is pure guesswork really.

“Circumstances had changed in the last week or so and he felt it was best for both sides if he focused on his personal stuff and we just have to deal with it. We have to move on and deal with it because that’s football.

“We just take it as being unlucky and move on. It’s disappointing to lose at late goal like that but we will just move on.

“We spoke to the players at the end of the game and everything we asked of them they did it.

“You could see it at the end. They ran themselves into the ground, they did everything we asked of them tactically and physically and we were just unlucky because we deserved to go to extra time.

The City women’s will now look to appoint a new manager for the first time since February 2016 and it is believed they hope to make an announcement in the coming days ahead of three crucial League matches to be played in the next two and a half weeks.

When asked about the recruitment process Bevan added “I don’t know, it was just about this game so we will see what happens now over the next few days.”

 

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