‘It’s a mat­ter of time’

The Kerryman (Tralee Edition) - - SPORT -

IT’S never easy to take any de­feat in a fi­nal, es­pe­cially on home turf, but Laune Rangers man­ager Timmy Flem­ing felt it was the cruel re­al­ity of sport when re­flect­ing on his side’s loss last Sun­day in JP O’Sul­li­van Park.

“It’s a very dis­ap­point­ing loss ob­vi­ously, es­pe­cially when the game ap­peared to be in our hands and all we had to do was close it out to win. Glen­beigh / Glen­car just had that bit of ex­pe­ri­ence bit by bit and the mo­men­tum turned their way in the sec­ond-half,” Flem­ing felt.

Peter Crow­ley’s in­jury cost the Kil­lor­glin side the abil­ity to shore things up in the mid­dle in the sec­ond pe­riod in Flem­ing’s opin­ion, but he de­clined to use the schmoz­zle in the 48th minute as an ex­cuse for their loss when asked about it af­ter­wards.

“We would be dis­ap­pointed with some of the de­ci­sions [ref­er­ee­ing], but you have to take these things on the chin. The bet­ter team won on the day,” he said.

The Laune Rangers boss was keener to fo­cus on the fu­ture how­ever es­pe­cially with some promis­ing young play­ers.

“We are com­ing but it will take that ex­tra bit of ex­pe­ri­ence to bring them on. There is a lot of good tal­ent there and it is only a mat­ter of time be­fore they are suc­cess­ful again.

“We had a lot to deal with this year with in­juries, play­ers be­ing un­avail­able at var­i­ous times and re­tire­ments but get­ting to the Fi­nal for the first time in five years was a very good achieve­ment. To­day def­i­nitely told them that no Mid Kerry Cham­pi­onship is won easy as well,” Flem­ing said.

Keep­ing hold of their In­ter­me­di­ate sta­tus was an im­por­tant thing to take out of 2018 in Flem­ing’s view as the club looks to con­tinue its re­vival from Di­vi­sion 4 of the Se­nior Foot­ball League.

“I have ev­ery faith that the un­der­age struc­ture in the club will come to fruition in time and get­ting out of Di­vi­sion 4 has to be the next step that we take.

“As I said it’s a mat­ter of time with the amount of ef­fort that has been put in bring­ing the group of play­ers through like we are the mo­ment.”

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