‘I thought it was gone from us there, but our lads never say die’
BRENDAN Mahony was at the helm when Crotta made the big breakthrough at this grade last season. He acknowledged all the good work ongoing in the club at the moment, and, understandably was proud of his charges, given the character they displayed in a nail biting finish.
“We knew Abbeydorney / Parnells had a good team put together, we knew they were up for the game. Favourites mean nothing when two hurling teams go out together. Look delighted to get the win today in fairness, I thought it was gone from us there, but, our lads, they never say die, the experience of last year probably stood to us, we kept going right to the very end, we never give in, got the goal, that’s championship hurling.
“I am around long enough now to know that the match is never over until the final whistle. We told the boys that all week long, we keep going, we keep going, and that’s it. We are trying to build a team in Crotta, we won the Under-16 County Championship this year.
“There’s a lot of work being done in Crotta, two back to back Minor Hurling titles, we are happy with where we are at the moment. It was the turning point (goal chance for Parnells at the end of the first half) in the game really, if they had got the goal that time we would have gone in a point up.
“Abbeydorney / Parnells are a team that will be back next year, they came with a strong team, a good side. I think there’s only one of them up on eighteen years of age, so they will be there or thereabouts next year if they keep it together, their day will come as well, a fine team, well coached.
“We have waited long enough, we won no championship up to last year, we will enjoy today, tonight, tomorrow and looking to coming back with these lads in the next few years.”
It’s not easy to gather ones thoughts and put together some words which will sum up ones feeling’s at the end of a game of such varying emotions, especially when one has lost in such agonising circumstances.
However, the O’Dorney / Parnells team manager Timmy Weir was pretty pragmatic and gracious in his assessment of events.
“It was an awful way to lose, but I suppose Crotta were almost in the same position a couple of minutes to go when we got a goal so, look, we were hoping we would hold out, but it just wasn’t to be.
“You have to close it out when you are down to that, that’s what the teams who are winning do, it’s something we have to get into our programme when you are on top in the final minutes you stay there.
“We were struggling at times in the match, we were on top coming near the finish, I wouldn’t say we thought we had it in the bag, but we were in a very good position, we went up a point or so.
“Look, it was a tough old game, maybe not a great game, you would be expecting a better game out of both teams, it was a tough struggle, a bit fractious at times, play was broken up a bit.
“Look, well done to Crotta, they put in a big effort into under age hurling over the last five, six years and they’re showing the fruits of it here, and last year as well. They’re going from strength to strength, they won the Under 16 as well, and that’s the work they have done.
“All the teams are putting in a bit of work, Crotta especially have put in a lot of work, a lot of people involved, and you would have to say fair play to them. It was great to see six, seven players there from Parnells being involved.
“That in itself made a good occasion out of it. Tough on those fellows as well, but, they have a chance of being there again.
“Maybe we will have a strong team coming for next year, most of the lads are under age again, so, we will be hopeful.”