It was curious to see Cork City line up against Bohemians with Nadine Seward occupying the attacking midfield role. This could be a positional switch that benefits both player and club.

The Rebels have struggled to score goals this season but the recent arrival of Danny Murphy as manager has brought a new energy and he is trying different things. That is why Seward got the chance to impress as a creative force in Dalymount Park.

Up to now, the Waterford native has largely been used as a winger or part of a front three. She has pace, skill and an eye for goal, so attacking from wide areas appeared to suit her. And she certainly showed with Cork's Under-19s that she can finish too.

However, occupying the No 10 role gives her licence to get on the ball more, link play with her passing and act as that creative fulcrum around which the team can operate. She showed, in flashes, against Bohemians that she can be an effective player in that part of the pitch.

Seward made some clever runs, got into good areas and even thumped a shot against the crossbar from distance as she embraced the type of freedom afforded to playmakers. If she can get a run of games in that role then she may just transform into the type of creative force that Cork have been crying out for all year.

Next up is a trip to the Midlands to face Athlone Town in the EVOKE.ie FAI Women's Cup Quarter-Finals. It could be the perfect game for Seward to prove to her manager that she can master that role.


EVOKE.ie FAI Women's Cup Quarter-Final
Saturday, August 6th
Athlone Town v Cork City
Athlone Town Stadium
KO 19:00