James McCarthy rounded up his Castlehaven troops in a huddle after the final whistle and told them tocelebrate their county title.
The manager had no complaints with yesterday’s result, the club’s first Munster final defeat, but was full of praise for his young side after bridging a 15-year gap to their last decider appearance.
“The best team won by far. We’re disappointed that we didn’t put up a better performance but we weren’t let, in fairness.
“They’re fairly ahead of us. They have solid players there, 27 or 28 players, whereas our younger lads were finding it tough there today.
“We were being beaten in mostpositions but in saying that we kept playing football up until the end. Maybe we might have got a point there at half-time and brought it down to five.
“It wouldn’t have made any difference in the result but it might have made a better game.”
With two of the Cahalanes, Alan and Mark, commuting from London, a handful from Dublin, one from Wexford and another from Westmeath travelling home for training,McCarthy testified to the amount of effort put in by his players.
“We’re very young and the lads are inexperienced at this level but in saying that every day you go out you want to win.
“Here last year after the county final we weredevastated and it took great guts and commitment from the boys to come back and down it again.
“It’s the commitment more than anything because they’re coming from Dublin and London and Wexford and it’s not easy for them. We’re two years on the road now so as I told them we’ll start celebrating our county final and over the Christmas.
“Their commitment is second to none. We were second best but I would take my hat off to the lads for their commitment over the last two years.”
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