Danny Owens soldiered with Offaly sides that plucked many victories from the jaws of the defeat during the 1980s and early ’90s and yesterday guided his Kilcormac Killoughey side to a remarkable comeback win.
“It was a stern test. Our lads have that Offaly spirit, the old never-say-die attitude and they kept grafting even when things weren’t going well for them,” said a relieved Owens.
Having masterminded a first county title, they now want more. Owens, an All-Ireland medal winner in 1981 and ’85 explained: “We might never be in this situation again. I know we are going to be up against serious opposition whether it is Oulart-the-Ballagh or Ballyhale, but we’ll be prepared and we’ll give them a game of it.”
His Rathdowney Errill counterpart Frankie McGrath rued some missed opportunities.
“We were right in there, but you have to take the opportunities that present themselves. We missed a couple at crucial stages.”
“We are incredibly proud of the effort today. Laois hurling gets a bad press from time to time but there can be nobody who can point the finger in the direction of Rathdowney Errill. Whatever problems are there, Rathdowney Errill, I hope, went a long way towards restoring some of that pride.”
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