Extra game will bring Lixnaw on suggests Foley
THAT it took a moment of magic from Shane Conway probably colours people’s perceptions a little bit.
A feeling that Lixnaw had gotten out of jail might seem appropriate. Dig a little under the surface, however, and it’s clear that the Hermitage Park outfit deserved their draw. There was nothing much at all between the sides.
“I suppose overall happy with the draw because with ten minutes to go it appeared we were up against it in terms of getting a result,” Lixnaw coach Mark Foley commented.
“Then towards the end we had chances to win the game, but in the overall scheme of things, happy to get another crack at it. I think it was a good game to be fair. Ballyduff and ourselves like to move the ball around a bit and then to have two excellent forwards on show in Shane [Conway] and Padraig [Boyle], who were excellent to be fair.
“You would travel a long way to find two better performances on a big stage on a county final day in any county. In fairness to both players they got some superb scores. Podge got a couple of goals and some super points and Shane got great points too and to top it off with a great sideline cut near the end was fantastic.”
Such was the centrality of Shane Conway to the story of the game that other performances risk being overlooked. One such performance was that given by John Griffin, who was every bit as effective as he can be.
“When the need is greatest John Griffin always shows great leadership,” Foley said.
“He kind of grabbed the game by the scruff of the neck there in the middle of the second half when we were in trouble and drove the thing on. So yeah in fairness to Tweak on the county final day he normally produces his best hurling and he did so again today.”
Looking ahead to next weekend it would seem that Lixnaw with a younger side ought to have a greater scope for improvement.
“We would be just hoping because today we had a much better performance than we had the last day against St Brendans,” Foley said.
“Obviously we would not be happy with elements of today’s play, but the game will bring us on and we will be better again the next day. There is lots of food for thought on both sides and I suppose going into the next day again it’s anyone’s game.”
The management team have just seven days to wrap their head around the replay. Decide what improvements need to be made, decide what improvements can be made in the limited time allowed. You’d have to imagine it’s a difficult thing to do for any management team at such short notice.
“No, not really,” Foley explained.
“You just back up on the horse again, because I suppose this week there is not a whole lot that you can in terms of training. It’s all about getting the minds right and the bodies’ right for Sunday.
“It will be more about rest and recuperation and get the bodies right and hone in on those areas that you feel that you need to improve on for the next day.”