Stamp looks back in anger

Darren Stamp insists Oulart-the-Ballagh only have themselves to blame for their latest Leinster senior club hurling final collapse.

The Wexford champions lost a fourth successive provincial decider this month with a shock three-point defeat to Carlow’s Mount Leinster Rangers.

A frustrated Stamp, 34, insisted he was fit to start but had to be content with being called from the bench in the 57th minute.

And the former Wexford county star revealed: “My body is 100% and has been since before the Kilcormac-Killoughey match (Leinster semi-final). I have no excuses. I’ll say no more about that now. I’m fit and ready to go.”

When asked why he didn’t start the provincial final, Stamp replied: “You’re asking the wrong man, you may make another phone call.”

He added: “I was itching for the whole yoke. But you do what you have to do. If you’re brought in, come in and you give 100%. It just didn’t work out again.”

Stamp has also rounded on the critics of Oulart’s corner-back Eoin Moore, who wore protective leggings against Kilcormac-Killoughey and Mount Leinster Rangers.

Stamp said: “People are fickle. They just want to get onto these websites and let off steam and bulls**t, because their own lives are s**t. Eoin was probably the best hurler on the field that Sunday – him and the centre-back for the other crowd (Mount Leinster Rangers player Richie Coady).”

Stamp will consider his own future with Oulart over the winter months but he admitted that losing another Leinster final was a “devastating” experience.

He said: “There’s going to be a long road back again – that’s the most devastating of the lot. The minute the final whistle went, Lord Jesus Christ you’d be thinking about next year and the big, long slog of a road. I don’t know what it is about Leinster finals. It wasn’t a lack of respect for the opposition – we knew what they were going to do, they did it and we played into their hands.

“I think winter hurling is horses for courses. Mount Leinster were dogged and raw. They’re definitely not dirty – a good hurling team and able to use their heads. They didn’t panic and that’s a credit to them and their manager Tom Mullally, who’s a good man and a fair man. But we should have been out of sight at half-time.”

Stamp insisted: “It’s our own fault, as usual. On the day again, hunger, it’s a great yoke. They were hungrier. They out-thought and outfought us. ”

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