Muskerry sports star award for Ó Cor­cora

Irish Examiner - County - - Sport - Barry O’ Ma­hony

THE Auld Tri­an­gle and Muskerry Sports Star Award win­ner for the month of Oc­to­ber was Tadhg Ó Cor­cora.

The tal­ented Cill na Mar­tra young­ster played a key role in help­ing his side beat Mitchel­stown in the county IFC semi­fi­nal 0-10 to 0-9 in early Oc­to­ber, be­fore the Gaeltacht side de­feated Muskerry rivals Aghab­ul­logue in the de­cider, 2-17 to 1-10. The fi­nal was played in Páirc Uí Chaoimh on Oc­to­ber 28.

Sec­ond-best in four county s e mi - f i n a l s s i n c e 2 0 1 2 a n d com­ing up short against Car­ri­ga­line in the 2009 de­cider, but things cer­tainty came to­gether this year, as Cill na Mar­tra fi­nally reached the sum­mit.

Ó Cor­cora was joined by his fam­ily, team mates and Cill na Mar­tra rep­re­sen­ta­tives at the p re s e n t at i o n i n t h e A u l d Tri­an­gle re­cently and he was only too de­lighted to re­flect af­ter­wards on a his­toric sea­son. “It’s a mas­sive hon­our on be­half of my fam­ily, friends, the Cill na Mar­tra club and the in­ter­me­di­ate team.

“Per­son­ally, to be the face of it, is just sur­real to be hon­est. I was shocked when I re­ceived the call from the Muskerry board that I won the award for Oc­to­ber.

“I didn’t know much about the process or any­thing like that. It’s fan­tas­tic for ev­ery­one in­volved with the club, all the hard work is worth­while.”

Oc­to­ber opened up with po­ten­tially a humdinger, as two of the fancied sides clashed in the IFC semi-fi­nal. Mitchel­stown de­feated Cill na Mar­tra at the same stage last year, but the Muskerry men were more ex­pe­ri­enced this year and pre­vailed by a point. Then it was onto the big day.

“We have been try­ing for many years to get over the line at in­ter­me­di­ate level, so it was nice to fi­nally reach the sum­mit this year. We were bit wor­ried about Mitchel­stown in t h e s e m i - f i n a l a f t er b e i n g beaten by them last year. They are a top team, I would know a lot of t h e M i t ch e l s t o w n play­ers, so we were prob­a­bly ap­pre­hen­sive, but thank­fully we wo n i t . T h e f i n a l wa s tough, the score line prob­a­bly fl a t t e r e d u s , b u t a g a i n t h e fi­nal was there to be won, and we did more than enough to emerge vic­to­ri­ous.”

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