Former Offaly star, Pascal Kellaghan was the man responsible for taking Monasterevan back into the senior ranks with Saturday’s win over Raheens. Needless to say Pascal was over joyed with his team’s win and while admitting it was not their best display of the year, nevertheless was happy considering all the work they put into this year to have been crowned intermediate champions.
“I’m delighted for the lads I felt they were very nervous for the first 15 or 20 minutes but these boys have worked very very hard over the last ten months and they deserve it. I was hopeful from the start of the year they would go all the way. They are a decent team got to the final five or six years ago but I found they were seriously lacking in self belief, that I felt was the main problem they had.
The former Offaly attacker admitted that goal was certainly a bit of good luck but as they say the more you train and try the luckier you get but I felt they deserved it out there today. And while it was certainly not a wonderful performance it will do Monasterevan.
“We had a setback against Ellistown and after that we sat down and talked it out. It wasn’t that the team were not good enough enough but once the pressure came on against Ellistown they just lacked belief and that comes from not winning on a regular basis.
“A lot of these guys are in their early 30s and have not won an awful lot and that is where that problem comes from but now that they have gotton over the line that belief will be there. We had a serious chat after that Ellistown game that lasted some two and a half hours and we decided to give a go and to a man they stuck with it and got their reward today.
On playing Cathal McCabe in goal, Kellaghan said that Murt Connolly was the goal keeper and he went over on his ankle one night in training so we tried Cathal there, he used to play in goal in soccer so he was well used to it. He has a huge kick out and I must say I feel a little sorry for Murt who is a fantastic goal keeper and club man but Murt was here with us today and I am delighted for them all.
On playing Wayne Fitzpatrick the manager said that “it was not ideal situation, especially when they did not win their own (minor) championship, it was a pity but he is a special talent and the county board will want to look after him, a lovely lad and a great footballer.”
Monasterevan captain John Dempsey was over the moon after collecting the cup and said that it was no more than the lads deserved.
“The club has been waiting 35 years for this and after the massive effort in training, nearly 140 training sessions and a big commitment from every one this year; maybe over the years the right effort was not put in but it was this year and that is down to our manager Pascal Kellaghan.
Wayne Fitzpatrick who started the intermediate final some 40 minutes after losing the minor B decider despite scoring seven points admitted that “the win hasn’t sunk in yet but it’s brilliant; great for the club after all the time and effort put in this year. I was devastated after the minor game but I was determined I was not going home without a medal and thankfully it worked out for us.