‘We just didn’t per­form. We started well, but they stran­gled us out of it’

The Kerryman (South Kerry Edition) - - SPORT - BY TIMMY SHEE­HAN

THE Lix­naw man­ager Fer­gus Fitz­mau­rice of­fered no ex­cuses what­so­ever.

Put quite sim­ply the bet­ter team won. Ob­vi­ously, all in­volved were hugely dis­ap­pointed at los­ing out, but, look­ing back on the sea­son over­all, it’s been an ex­tremely re­ward­ing one for the club, with the high­light be­ing, their ninth Se­nior Cham­pi­onship suc­cess.

“Beaten by a bet­ter team,” he said.

“We are just dis­ap­pointed that we didn’t per­form to the way we nor­mally can per­form. It’s a sign of the lads in­side in the dress­ing room that we are all very dis­ap­pointed. We just didn’t per­form. We started well, but they stran­gled us out of it for the re­main­ing forty five min­utes, but as we said in­side it’s been a great year for us and it’s been a tough year for us.

“We are kings of our own cas­tle, we won a county cham­pi­onship and we just came up short to­day, but we will be back. Some­times ac­tu­ally it’s more dif­fi­cult to play with the breeze than against it and we strug­gled withit.

“It was prob­a­bly the down­fall of us, the goal, ob­vi­ously, as you said a killer blow, be­cause we were up 5-1 at one stage at the start of the first half, but the goal ob­vi­ously brought them back.

“But hands down they were the bet­ter team and they have su­perb hurlers, very well coached, their move­ment of the ball, the run­ning off the ball and their ball re­ten­tion was ex­cel­lent.

“They did [look sharper] and you would think we would be sharper we were slug­gish and that’s maybe my fault, or the man­age­ment’s fault, we could [maybe] have done things dif­fer­ent dur­ing the week, but there’s no point hav­ing the an­swers af­ter it the horse has bolted now so yeah, they were the bet­ter team and the bet­ter team won the game.

“They [play­ers miss­ing] couldn’t af­fect the game, they were out that was it we had fel­lows ready to go and we used nine­teen or twenty lads and we just came up short, the bet­ter team won.

“A great year, a young squad there, a few old fel­las there also, there’s plenty of miles left in them yet. I would hope they will stay go­ing, be­cause, they are the fel­lows that are driv­ing it on.

“The younger fel­las are great as well, the club is in a very healthy state, fa­cil­i­ties are great. We prob­a­bly need to do a bit of work on our ju­ve­niles, but know­ing all in our club, and, all of our vol­un­teers, fel­lows will row in in Jan­uary, we will put in a big work­load again and hope­fully Lix­naw will be chal­leng­ing again, this time next year.”

Photo by Dom­nick Walsh / Eye Fo­cus

Lix­naw’s Rickey Heffernan in ac­tion against Charleville’s James Meade dur­ing the Mun­ster Club IHC Semi-fi­nal in Her­mitage Park, Lix­naw on Satur­day af­ter­noon

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