MAN OF THE MATCH
This was a game where few could hold up a hand and say ‘I made no mistakes today’.
However, there were two strong contenders for man of the match. Ciarán Walshe was top scorer with six points (four frees) and had to work very hard for every scrap of possession he got.
Anthony McLoughlin had a sound game all through in a struggling defence and when real leadership was called for it was the Blessington lad that provided it.
MOVE OF THE MATCH
The full-back line was crying out for assistance from an early stage and the switching of McLoughlin and Craig O’Neill finally did the trick.
An early switch that saw Ciarán Doyle take over at full-back from Brendan McGarr also brought improvement in the last line.
Phillip McGillycuddy was anything but a happy camper after the match. He told his players bluntly after the match ‘you played for 20 minutes today and that is not acceptable. That will be no good enough against Laois; we have got to put in 60 minutes plus if we want to go anywhere.
‘We have a fortnight to get ready for our next match and I will want a big effort from everyone in that time’.
Phillip was pleased with the spirit shown by the team and how they ground out a result after a slow enough start told them that it would take a big step in performance to get then over the next hurdle.
Trainer Mick Byrne had to be pleased with the way the team lasted the hour and the fact that they were still full of running in the closing minutes.