Ballyea captain Stan Lineen praises ‘calm teammates’

Ballyea captain Stan Lineen paid tribute to his teammates’ calmness after yesterday’s Munster Club SHC final win over Glen Rovers.

Ballyea captain Stan Lineen praises ‘calm teammates’

Standing on the Semple Stadium pitch after their comprehensive win, Lineen acknowledged the Glen had “a kick in them” but added Ballyea had not panicked all year, and weren’t going to do so yesterday.

“We knew we had to go at them early on - they are a club with a great tradition, you have to try and get on top of them early on.

“We knew coming in at half-time there would be a kick in them, and there was with those two goals. Tony Kelly said at half-time we had to keep the scoreboard ticking over.”

Lineen said the experience of the Clare county final and the Munster Club semi-final, in which Ballyea had suffered setbacks, had stood to them.

“We have never panicked all year. In the county final or against Thurles (in the Muster semi-final) we kept the heads. We knew we had the players to drag a game back when it was going against us. ”

Lineen also paid tribute to the support Ballyea have gotten not just from their own locality, but from all over the county.

“The one thing we noticed (against Thurles) was the support we were getting around Clare was incredible.

When we came back against Thurles the stands were moving with the support, and that’s been driving us on.

“We’re not just representing Ballyea, we’re representing Clare, and we can really feel the support around Clare.”

Tony Kelly is Ballyea’s best-known player, but the team ethos is very strong with the club, added Lineen. “A lot of people would say we’re a one man show with Tony but it is a real team effort with everyone working hard. Pearse Lillis got a goal, Niall Deasy is having a good year, Gearóid O’Connell got three points from wing-back - it’s a team effort. When we started in January, the county championship was the dream. Words can’t describe our year - it’s what you dream of when you pick up a hurley.”

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