Cork’s experience to prove too much for Mayo
But the outstanding Cora Staunton the big threat to holders’ hopes
Mayo’s Cora Staunton: registered 2-6 against Westmeath last week. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho
Cork are in a similar boat to Armagh, having not played a competitive game since the TG4 Munster final victory over Kerry last month.
But any hopes that potential pretenders to their All-Ireland crown harboured about a drop in standards were blown away emphatically as Cork put 6-14 past the Kingdom in the provincial decider.
Goalkeeper Elaine Harte and former midfielder Juliet Murphy may have slipped into retirement but Cork’s conveyor belt shows no signs of slowing down. The Rebelettes are aiming to lift the Brendan Martin Cup for the ninth time in ten seasons but Mayo will prove a tough nut to crack.
The Westerners stuttered past Westmeath last weekend but Cora Staunton was in superb scoring form again, registering 2-6 and the winning free to get her side over the line.
Cracking tieSarah RoweHelena LohanYvonne ByrneMartha Carter
A cracking tie is in store and last weekend’s game should bring Mayo on a lot but Cork, who are almost five weeks without a competitive game, proved last year that you cannot back against them in knockout games. Verdict: Cork