McAul­liffe: we showed mas­sive be­lief against a Kerry side odds on to win

The Corkman - - SPORT - BY JOHN TARRANT

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.”

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