Moore: We’ve finished strong all year

Silvermines manager Paddy Moore insisted he was not unduly concerned at half-time in Saturday’s AIB Munster Club IHC final, despite Ballyduff’s impressive first-half performance.

Silvermines had to rally from 0-6 to 0-3 down at the break but they did so with an emphatic second half performance.

“We weren’t too far behind to come back but on play we were a bit off in the first half,” Thurles man Moore reflected.

“We just knew that we were there or thereabouts. Part of winning matches is taking your chances and if you can’t take them, it’s a lacking on your own part.”

Moore insisted there was no major secret behind a much-improved second half display from Silvermines.

“They took on the responsibility themselves, they knew themselves. There was no magic tool, get onto the breaking ball and get as much primary possession as we could. The second half was absolutely brilliant – they went for everything. Very honest – we looked for honesty all year and we got it.

“The scoreboard was nice enough to us at half-time. We always finish strong – we’ve finished strong all year.”

And he revealed that a slight shift in tactics up front helped Silvermines score freely after half-time.

“We told the half-forward line to stay nearer the full-forward line. We had a plan in the first half to keep them away from them but it wasn’t working. So we told the half-forward line to link nearer the full-forward line – we dragged them another 20 yards forward towards the Town End.”

Disappointed Ballyduff manager PJ O’Grady rued his side’s wasteful shooting in the first half.

Ballyduff hurled wonderfully for spells before half-time but couldn’t make their superiority count on the scoreboard.

“We should have gone in at half-time seven or eight points up,” O’Grady lamented.

“If we were that much up, they would have had to go for a goal and that would have suited us. But in the second half we closed the game down ourselves. Our forwards opened it up in the first half, we didn’t in the second half.”

Ballyduff created 18 scoring chances in the first half, compared to just six by Silvermines. But ten wides cost the Kerry kingpins.

O’Grady agreed: “When you’re on top, you have to get scores. At half-time, we were only ahead 0-6 to 0-3. It was a poor return considering we were on top everywhere.”

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