McCarthy hails late heroics

Castlehaven manager James McCarthy was honest about his side’s display at the final whistle.

Managing six scores in 60 minutes wouldn’t augur well for the West Cork men against a talented Dr Crokes team in the provincial final.

“We wouldn’t be given a chance in the final based on that display but we showed battling skills to get through,” he said.

“We were five down at half-time and we couldn’t see where the scores were going to come from, it was very hard to get scores out there today. It was freezing cold, driving rain. We hit three or four bad wides after the start of the second half before we got going.”

McCarthy pointed out, however, that Seanie Cahalane’s vital goal followed the Castlehaven pattern of play all year.

“We’ve been saying that to them all year – ‘follow in the ball, follow in the ball’. Seanie followed it in and there were three of them there ahead of him, but we got it. We scraped over the line then.”

Stradbally didn’t die when they took that blow. McCarthy said his side “should have been playing the game in their half”.

“We didn’t play the game we usually play, coming off the shoulder. It wasn’t a day for that, it was a matter of driving it long, but that isn’t our natural game.

“We’re telling them all year not to drive it in long.”

It was a matter of getting a result on the day, said the Castlehaven boss.

“If we were beaten here we’d have been talking about it for another 15 years, we’re waiting 15 years as it is for a Munster final.

“We’ll be the underdogs going into the game, we’ll like it that way. We’ll look forward to that – we’re playing into December, which is heavy bonus territory. When we got our first point in the second half the crowd got behind us in a big way and you could see the players lifting.

“Fierce credit goes to the Waterford champions, they were well able to play and their physical strength was a bonus in those conditions, but we got over the line and we’re happy.”

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