Duane delighted to get out of Tralee with a win
“I AM absolutely relieved to have got over the line,” was how Kanturk coach Donough Duane put it in the immediate aftermath of Kanturk’s last gap victory over Ballyduff.
You could certainly see where he was coming from. Ballyduff seemed to be very much in the ascendancy as the game reach ed its crunch point.
“We knew this Ballyduff team would take us all the way down to the wire because they have such passion about their hurling in north Kerry,” Duane continued.
“They never gave up; they’re a big strong physical team with a good wind behind them in the second half they were going to keep going. They got the goal to level the contest but in fairness to some of our leaders throughout the pitch they kept calm.
“We kept saying we not behind there is still an opportunity there and luckily it came our way we got the goal and we tagged two points to give us that cushion in injury time which settled us down but they were nervy times.
“We are delighted to be escaping out of Tralee with the win, they had a huge crowd there and there was a massive atmosphere to the game. That game is a great help to us moving on again so we will let the lads relax for the next few days because they are after a hectic nine or ten weeks between hurling and football.
“We can sit back now and bring the physios in and get their energy levels back up again because playing county finals can be not only physically draining, but mentally draining, emotionally draining so they need time to recover and we will probably meet up again on Wednesday night and prepare for the final on Sunday week.”
Duane was very happy with his defence, who were under severe pressure from the high balls dropping on top of their fullback line especially with two regular goal scorers in there – Aidan and Pádraig Boyle.
“I have been very happy with our defence all year. It’s the backbone of the team and they are a very tenacious and fit bunch. They know how to handle small and big opponents but that was a huge test today in the physicality that Ballyduff brought and the long balls going in, but I think we dealt well enough with them only conceding two goals, but with the amount of ball that was coming in two goals wasn’t bad especially in the second half with the wind.”
When Paul O’Carroll levelled the game in the 58th minute the Kanturk boss must have been nervous at that stage?
“I was to be honest because Ballyduff had the momentum as they scored a few points before that at which point I said we can’t concede a goal here if we want to win it and no sooner had I said it but the ball was in the back of the net.
“Another team might have buckled and folded down here in Kerry against a very good team who kept coming at us but they didn’t instead they went up the other end and turned the game in our favour.
“The first goal was a bullet now from one of the Boyles, while the second goal Anthony [Nash] made a good save, but unfortunately we were caught out with the rebound. It was a huge test for us and I always knew that it would be.” MAIN MAN
It’s between Ian Walsh – excellent throughout and scorer of the winninggoal – and Mikey Boyle. We can’t not go for Boyle. He wasthe best manonthe pitch andgiveaperfect demonstration of leadership in action.
Will Kerry ever getoverthe hump in Munster? Surelytheywill but anotheryear goes bywithout success atthis level.
Ian Walsh’s goal wasthe thing which finally killed off a hugely spirited Ballyduff performance. It was agreat moveby Kanturk to set ituptoo andhestill needed a reboundfrom an excellent PJ O’Gormantosecureit. Thiswas a game offine margins
Jack Goulding Ballyduff, in action against and Ryan Walsh, Kanturk in action during the Munster club IHC semi-final in Austin Stack Park on Sunday Photo by Domnick Walsh / Eye Focus