McAulliffe: we showed massive belief against a Kerry side odds on to win
REELING back the years to great battles between Cork and Kerry summed up a compelling Munster Final with Dromtariffe manager James McAulliffe offering mixed emotions at the full time.
Some had spoken about a possible one sided affair but this so called David and Golliath clash didn’t have a similar outcome to the biblical story.
“It was an epic game, we firmly believed of having a chance despite what others had predicted, Dromtariffe were capable of giving this a mighty shot. At the end of 80 minutes, just a kick of the ball divided two quality sides,” said the team manager.
“Beaufort showed their quality on coming back in the second half and it was all about getting the scores in extra time. We had chances but tired bodies failed to convert, saying that, we ‘re immensely proud of the boys, they’ve earned a huge amount of respect for Dromtariffe and Duhallow football,” said McAulliffe.
A young Dromtariffe side rode clear of an early Beaufort storm that pounced for telling scores.
“Not the ideal start, we weren’t tuned in, got caught, these matters can decide a game, maybe without conceding that early goal, we could had prevailed. Tight games are nothing new to us, winning by a point against Iveleary and Kilmacabea but on the reverse of a similar scoreline here against Beaufort is disappointing,” he said.
“The two side went out to play football, no blanket defences, the teams went toe to toe. A number of our players came of age here and showed their quality.”
Backed by the breeze, Beaufort enjoyed a productive flourish in the second half to rattle off crunch scores, it left Dromtariffe facing the possibility of a wipe out yet the Barony side responded.
“One of the words attributed to Dromtariffe during the year was fortitude , again in the Munster Final, we showed massive belief on coming up against a Kerry side, odds on to win at a canter yet we remained in the hunt until the last minute,” he said. “We were a little bit unfortunate with one or two efforts and decisions close to the finish. What the lads have done is unbelievable, training continuously over the past 11 months, their efforts, dedication and integrity massive.”
“As a management, our enthusiasm for our players and club is unfinished. If we had to get up and go again, we would do so, every journey has an ending, on doing so, all involved with Dromtariffe can hold their heads high.”