James McCartan non-committal on Down future after loss

Alan O'Connor and Benny Coulter
Cork's Alan O'Connor tackles Benny Coulter at Croke Park

Down football manager James McCartan was non-committal about his future in the job after his team's qualifier hammering by Cork on Saturday.

"That's a question for another day," said McCartan after Cork's 2-20 to 0-14 win at Croke Park.

"We'll sit down as a management team and decide where the future lies.

"We're unhappy at the manner of the defeat. The game was over 10 minutes into the second game. We just couldn't get a foothold."

McCartan added:"The momentum turned and it was a question of 'where to put the hand in the dyke' to be honest.

"Their half-back line was causing us problems, running through the middle of us.

"Full credit to Cork. They gave us a wee bit of a lesson."

After Down's thrilling run to last year's All-Ireland decider where they were beaten by a point by Cork, the 2011 Championship campaign has been a major disappointment for the Mournemen.

An opening Ulster Championship defeat by Armagh was followed by unconvincing qualifier wins over Clare, Leitrim and Antrim before McCartan's side folded against the All-Ireland champions on Saturday.

"Our performances in the qualifiers have been patchy," acknowledged McCartan.

"I think we're better than that performance out there tonight.

"Cork saw an opportunity and killed us off very, very clinically.

"We're hugely disappointed for the supporters who have followed us through thick and thin to places like Clare."

Sunday's All-Ireland Hurling quarter-finals results

Waterford 2-23 2-13 Galway

Dublin 3-13 0-18 Limerick

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