Sars more re­lieved to go to a re­play

Irish Examiner - County - - Sport - Eolan Allen

WHILE both camps were muted af­ter the draw in the Ju­nior B In­ter-Divi­sional Hurl­ing Cham­pi­onship fi­nal, Sars­fields would have been more re­lieved.

They clawed back a three­p­oint deficit in the fi­nal five min­utes and will be happy to take their chances an­other day.

Sars­fields’ se­lec­tor, Ray O’Rahilly, was pleased and re­lieved, as he said in his post­match com­ments. He also was happy with his side’s char­ac­ter and how they bat­tled right un­til Timmy Mur­phy’s fi­nal strike se­cured the draw.

“With us be­ing three points down and time al­most up, we were ab­so­lutely de­lighted to sal­vage a draw and be able to get back for an­other day,” Mur­phy said.

“The guys ral­lied to the bit­ter end and they took their chances. We were very happy, at the end, to come out with the draw. The lads took their chances very well.

“As I al­ready said, it looked as if the game was gone from us.

“The lads fought un­til the bit­ter end and we took the point chances that we got per­fectly. We are happy to still be in there with an­other chance.”

In the other camp, Killavullen weren’t too de­spon­dent. They never held an overly com­mand­ing lead, but did sneak three points in front with the hour of play al­most up.

They also man­aged to build that lead whilst be­ing a man down, af­ter mid­fielder, Ian O’Gor­man, was sent off go­ing into the fi­nal 10 min­utes. That man dis­ad­van­tage proved cru­cial and Killavullen se­lec­tor, John Bren­nan, felt that it was much harder for his side to hold out in those clos­ing stages.

“The send­ing-off was cru­cial, from our point of view. In the con­di­tions, to try a work­load for which we needed ev­ery­body to be on board.

“We built up a three-point lead and were look­ing good, but, un­for­tu­nately, we just couldn’t see the game out. We were un­able to get that fi­nal­pos­ses­sion from the last cou­ple of puck-outs, which were cru­cial. If we were able to get either of those, it should have been able to see us over the line, but, to be fair, Sars did hit a lot of wides ear­lier.”

In the end, though, Bren­nan wasn’t too up­set and was fairly philo­soph­i­cal about how things turned out.

While ob­vi­ously dis­ap­pointed to let go, late in a match, a chance of lift­ing a ma­jor tro­phy, he stated what many spec­ta­tors at the match would prob­a­bly agree with.

“A neu­tral who was there, to­day, would prob­a­bly say that a draw was a fair enough re­sult and let the teams go at it again an­other time.”

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