‘The lads showed no ill-ef­fects from Mon­day’ says man­ager Moloney

The Corkman - - SPORT - BY TIMMY SHEE­HAN

CHARLEVILLE Team Man­ager, John Moloney was, as one might ex­pect, pretty sat­is­fied with the re­sult and with the level of per­for­mance, along with be­ing ex­tremely proud of his charges. He along with all those in­volved is look­ing for­ward in a crowded pro­gramme of fixtures to rep­re­sent­ing Cork in a pro­vin­cial fi­nal.

“A great win and I sup­pose the turn­around was only a cou­ple of days since last Mon­day, but when you win a county there’s a bit of cel­e­brat­ing, but we got the boys in again last Thurs­day night.

“We had a puck around and a chat, and things and we said we were rep­re­sent­ing Cork and we would do the best that we could do, we want to rep­re­sent our county and they did well to­day.

“The lads showed no ill ef­fects from Mon­day and I sup­pose that first half per­for­mance against that strong breeze stood to us and it was the per­for­mance that prob­a­bly won us the game.

“Against Courceys in the two games [county fi­nal and re­play] we didn’t score a goal. It’s very hard to score a goal against teams who have very good back lines. It was a turn­ing point [the goal], be­cause, it gave us a bit of mo­men­tum and it drove us on, we got a cou­ple of points af­ter that to go in at half-time against the breeze.

“So in the sec­ond half, with that strong breeze we tacked on a cou­ple of more points, but credit to Lix­naw, they were down a cou­ple of play­ers, they bat­tled to the very end and I must give them sav­age credit.

Our backs have been out­stand­ing all year, those men don’t see any score­lines af­ter their names, but by God they are af­ter im­prov­ing in ev­ery game. I am very proud of them, very proud of them, our backs.

“Ben [O Con­nor] has done a mighty job with us, since he came in, but I sup­pose it’s not just the New­town style of hurling, it’s that ev­ery fel­low has to work, work, get in around, be there for the break­ing ball, be off the shoul­der, it’s the workrate and they showed it, (to­day) thanks be to god.

“A huge pro­file [for Charleville with Dar­ragh Fitzgibbon’s All Star Award], the young fel­lows will look up to him now, young fel­lows that mightn’t be hurling will say we will go down to the field and meet Dar­ragh and he will puck around a few balls with us.

“Any­thing the club ever asked Dar­ragh he will do it, so, it’s great. We have foot­ball Mon­day night against Midel­ton in the semi fi­nal, un­der 21 hurling next Satur­day. I sup­pose, at this time of the year all you can do is take one game at a time and hope­fully we don’t get any in­juries.

“It’s go­ing to be tough in the fi­nal, I think it’s Feakle, but look, as I said, what we are go­ing to do is that we are go­ing to rep­re­sent Cork, we are in the Mun­ster fi­nal rep­re­sent­ing Cork and we are go­ing to give it one good shot any­way.”

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