Glenbeigh-Glencar manager Aidan O’Shea was pleased that the pre-match plan to take the game to Gabriel Rangers had borne fruit.
The Kerry side led by 2-7 to 0-5 at half-time, Caolim Teahan’s goal coming after they had moved 0-6 to 0-3 in front.
“We went after a fast start,” he said.
“You need to get a couple of scores to settle you, we were going in against an unknown quantity. I saw them playing and got DVDs of them and I was impressed, they had dangerous forwards if they got the ball into them.
“We were delighted that we didn’t concede any goal, that was a big target.
“At half-time, we had a decent lead and it was important that we didn’t get lethargic. We got lads on from the bench and they gave us more energy so we were able to close it out.”
Louisburgh of Mayo are next up in the new year.
“We’ll probably take a week or two off now,” said O’Shea.
“The likes of Kenmare and teams like that, our paths might cross with challenge matches. We’ll try to get the balance right and see if we can get the lads in tip-top shape for that game.”
Gabriel Rangers manager Mike O’Brien couldn’t argue with the outcome, but praised his players’ efforts over what has been a great year.
“It was disappointing because we didn’t perform as we could have, we gave them too much respect,” he said.
“They got the goals and we didn’t, we had one good chance for Eddie [Goggin] in the first half but it went wide. We were a bit lackadaisical overall, which I hadn’t expected, maybe fellas were tired after the year.
“We never got out of second gear.
“Glenbeigh-Glencar are a fine side, but overall you have to be proud of the achievements over the year; for a small area to win a county — that’s more than you’d dream of.”
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