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Rochford urges the real Mayo to stand up at last for Cork meeting

 

By John Campbell

Mayo manager Stephen Rochford is hoping for a big team performance that will take his side into the All-Ireland football quarter-finals when they meet Cork in Round 4B of the qualifiers this evening.

Mayo have huffed and puffed this year, their performances tending to be highlighted by some fine individual displays rather than team consistency.

And even though his side are warm favourites going into today's contest, Rochford is anxious to see a much more cohesive and indeed convincing offering.

"The qualifiers tend to take on a life of their own and you just have to take one game at a time and see where that gets you," maintains Rochford.

"But I would like to think that the experience we have acquired over the years will stand to us and perhaps bring out the best in us on this occasion."

His words are perhaps resonating as a team boss who has overseen two qualifier wins to date which have seen a total of 4-35 accumulated on the scoreboard, but the fact that Derry took his side to extra-time and Carlow posed problems for the greater part of their contest have undoubtedly provided Rochford with questions.

Cillian O'Connor, Aidan O'Shea, Lee Higgins, Kevin McLoughlin and Tom Parsons can nonetheless set the tone for what he hopes will be a more complete performance against a Cork side which has been anything but impressive lately.

Meanwhile, the new Pairc Uí Caoimh in Cork will host two All-Ireland hurling quarter-finals this weekend, with Tipperary and Clare meeting today and Waterford and Wexford tomorrow.

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