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Cork City interim manager Rónán Collins insists he remains very positive about what the future holds for his side despite their heavy defeat in his first game in charge against Peamount United on Sunday afternoon.

An Aine O’Gorman hat-trick inspired the Dublin club to a comfortable 5-0 victory against the FAI Cup holders at Bishopstown, which helped United move to within just one point of Shelbourne Ladies at the top of the Continental Tyres Women’s National League.

The Leesiders sit in fourth, six points behind the league leaders having played a game more, but speaking to reporters shortly after full-time Collins admitted he can take positives from the performance but believes they still have a lot of work to do.

“I’m very positive about what we can do going forward. There’s a lot to work with there and there’s a lot of stuff that we can really improve that I think can make a dramatic difference with the team and the club moving forward,” enthused Collins.

“With this week really there was a lot of meeting the people that are there, their roles, the players’ roles and where players are at.

“Even confidence-wise, the confidence of a lot of players is very low at the moment so it’s a big thing. It’s about putting the structures in place about what we can do to affect that and talk with the girls to see what they can do to help.

“A lot of today was, as I mentioned in our interview, a fact-finding mission about our players so we will take the information that we got from today a look into that during the week.

“As a team collectively we have to look at certain areas like defending in central areas and on the ball we need to be a little more brave and keep it in certain areas of the pitch as well.

“But we also saw that they can stay quite positive throughout. They work as a team, they started to get more compact which is something we asked them to do at half time so there was a lot of positives out there.

“But you’ve got to start somewhere. We have the first match out of the way and we have two training sessions done. We’ll have another two during the week so we’re further down the line on what we are trying to do."

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