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Counihan would have liked a tougher test ahead of semi final

Monday, 6th August, 2012 7:40pm
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Counihan would have liked a tougher test ahead of semi final

Pearse O'Neill, Cork, in gathers possession in the All Ireland football quarter-final victory over Kildare at Croke Park on Sunday. (Photo: Adrian Melia)

Counihan would have liked a tougher test ahead of semi final

Pearse O'Neill, Cork, in gathers possession in the All Ireland football quarter-final victory over Kildare at Croke Park on Sunday. (Photo: Adrian Melia)

CORK football manager Conor Counihan admits that he would have preferred a tougher test in Sunday’s one-sided All-Ireland quarter-final victory over Kildare.

Ahead of a semi-final clash with Donegal on August 26th, Cork eased to a convincing 2-19 to 0-13 win in Croke Park, after a dominant second half display blew the Lilywhites away, but Counihan would have preferred a stiffer examination of Cork’s All-Ireland credentials.

‘To be honest, we’d have preferred if it was a tighter scoreline and we were tested a little bit more, absolutely. But that’s the way it happened, and in fairness to our guys they did push on and get some decent scores,’ Counihan said.

‘It was a critical day for us to get over. There would have been concern that Kildare were coming in with some momentum and we needed to start well and push on. And we did start well.’

For the best local big match coverage, don’t miss Thursday’s Southern Star for a two-page special on Cork v Kildare

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