WINNING manager Michael McDermott had no doubt that Kilmurry-Ibrickane’s disciplined approach was a crucial factor in their victory in the AIB Munster club football final at the Gaelic Grounds yesterday.
And, linked with that was the absolute determination to avenge their narrow defeat 12 months ago at the hands of Limerick side Drom-Broadford.
“Last year, the heartache we had in that dressing room coming off the field was tough. We were just delighted to get back out there and win,’’ said the Cavan native, who was recently appointed as the Clare coach.
Five years ago after winning the provincial title for the first time, Kilmurry didn’t distinguish themselves in their subsequent All-Ireland semi-final appearance. According to McDermott, 2004 is ‘long gone,’ but he was prepared to accept that ‘maybe’ discipline had been an issue that year.
“The one thing about this team is that our discipline has been very strong over the last two years. It’s what we pride ourselves on... we didn’t give away scoreable frees in key positions and that was vital,’’ he commented.
Our game plan was to be really intense and tackle all over the field. I’d say that went a long way to winning that game. Kerins O’Rahillys kicked quality scores in their earlier games, but Clonakilty and Moyle Rovers didn’t put them under pressure. We knew they had dangerous forwards inside but the work rate had to be out the field to stop the quality ball going in.’’
He shied away from making a comment on the referee’s decision to disallow the goal at the end of the game which decided the outcome, saying: “When officials are out there they have a job to do. We came here to a Munster final last year and the breaks didn’t go our way. When you’re day is in it’s in and I always say fate plays a huge part in anything.
““We were clued in. And once the goal wasn’t given we got on with the game. That’s what we are about.’’
Meanwhile, substitute Evan Talty who scored the winning point had no doubt they were victorious because they ‘stuck’ to their game plan. “It was a short passing move from the backs that the score came out of.
“I saw Noel Downes off-loading and I just closed my eyes. Luckily it went over. Fair play to Rahillys they put it up to us with 14 men. But we knew we kicked it away last year. This year makes up for it!’’
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