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Counihan - 'Cork beaten by better team'

Updated: Monday, 01 Aug 2011 09:21

Conor Counihan believes his team can have no excuses for their performance against Mayo
Conor Counihan believes his team can have no excuses for their performance against Mayo

By Rory Houston - @RTESundayGame

Cork manager Conor Counihan has admitted his team were beaten by a superior Mayo side in the All-Ireland Football Championship quarter-final in Croke Park on Sunday.

The Rebels relinquished their All-Ireland crown in a surprise 1-13 to 2-06 defeat in the last eight, with Cork missing out on a semi-final tie with Kerry.

Counihan's team produced a sloppy display, notching just one point in the second half and providing no answers to an exuberant performance by Mayo.

The Cork boss told RTÉ’s Pauric Lodge: "We were clearly beaten by the better team over the 70 minutes. We couldn’t have any excuses. We started well, they came back well and before half-time we were finding it very difficult to get ball.

"In the second half we had maybe one glimpse of a chance when Fintan Goold broke through but that didn't happen and over the 70 minutes I don’t think we could have any excuses.

"We were a point or two up and you always hope you can build a bit and drag it out a bit and get a few scores. It didn’t happen and that is sport.

"It is frustrating. There is more down than up to this game and we know that. Today is one of those days where we are down but I have to give full credit to Mayo because they fought and fought and probably should have got a few more scores."

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