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Ciara O’Sullivan on Cork needing to up their physicality to stop four-in-a-row Dublin

Ciara O’Sullivan on Cork catching Dublin, upping their physicality, and a penalty fiasco last weekend against Waterford

Ciara O’Sullivan on Cork catching Dublin, upping their physicality, and a penalty fiasco last weekend.

Cork star Ciara O’Sullivan would like to think that the gap is being closed on Dublin.

The capital are four-in-a-row All-Ireland champions and held on for a one-point win over Cork in a recent league clash.

Given the dominance held by Mick Bohan’s side in recent seasons, it suggested that Ephie Fitzgerald’s charges are making ground.

“I hope so,” says O’Sullivan of the 4-11 to 3-15 defeat. “It is funny after the match everyone was saying ‘it was a great game and ye gave them a good run, ye went five up, eight down and ye fought back and ye will take loads of learnings from that, etc and it is only the league’.

“And you listen to all that and you are still absolutely just sickened that you lost. It does not kind of make it any better.

“I think it is good that we did feel so disappointed to lose or at least not get the draw, but what we were happy with was the fightback in terms of having gone eight points down and coming back into it and being within a point.

“Because in previous years we maybe would not have had that kick and we would have let them win comfortably and that did not happen which was a positive.

“In that sense, I would like to think we are getting a bit closer. There is no doubt that they are the standard bearers but I think what was good was the fightback and the way we went at 50/50 balls and not being kind of being physically dominated which we would have been in previous years so there definitely was a lot of positives to take from it.

As I said, if you could just get a little bit closer to them in every match you play it would be good.

“Dublin are obviously the standard bearers but there is a lot of other top teams out there and you would not want to be looking just at Dublin.”

PwC GPA Women’s Player of the Month for May for ladies football, Ciara O’Sullivan (Cork) with her award today at her home club Mourneabbey GAA

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