Sars more relieved to go to a replay
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.”