I feared for our future after 2008 decider says Paul Divilly

PAUL Divilly has admitted that he feared for Confey’s immediate future in the aftermath of them relinquishing their grip on the Sean Carey Cup back in 2008. Four years on Divilly and his team-mates are back at the top of Kildare club hurling after claiming a third county title in six years following last Sunday’s victory over four in-a-row seeking Celbridge, writes John Ryan.

PAUL Divilly has admitted that he feared for Confey’s immediate future in the aftermath of them relinquishing their grip on the Sean Carey Cup back in 2008. Four years on Divilly and his team-mates are back at the top of Kildare club hurling after claiming a third county title in six years following last Sunday’s victory over four in-a-row seeking Celbridge, writes John Ryan.

“It has been a few years alright to get back to this,” admitted ace-midfielder Divilly, who plundered 0-8 during his side’s 1-16 to 0-14 win.

“We’ve had a few years where we have drifted out into the wilderness and at times it didn’t look as if we would find our way back and with lads going away the whole team was falling apart.

“But we got Ed Holland in last year (as manager) and immediately he started to turn things around; we got to the (SHC) final last year and in fairness we were delighted to get that far, even if we did feel that we left that game behind us.

“That defeat left us feeling and wanting to go one better this season.”

Go one better they did and while Confey – like most in this race for glory – were far from convincing en-route to county final day, they came up with the goods when it mattered most.

“I’d say that if you are going to best describe our form this season than it would be to say that we have been inconsistent; we went well against Celbridge earlier in the year, then we did alright against Coill Dubh but the rest of our performances were below standard/” continued Divilly.

“That was what we were striving for all year, that consistency, and fortunately for us we found it here today.

“We learned a lot from last year’s final, in that Celbridge nailed us for two early goals and that was a gap that we were never able to significantly close.

“We really wanted to avoid that happening again today and thankfully it was us who got that early goal which proved decisive in the way the rest of the game panned out. It was gave us the momentum and belief to take the game to Celbridge.

“John O’Neill got that goal and whatever way you look at it, goals are massively important in championship matches.”

While this triumph will no doubt be well celebrated in and around Creighton Park, anything after this moment of glory will a bonus according to Divilly, Kildare’s 2012 Hurler of the Year-elect.

“The way we are looking at it is that our year was geared up to win the Kildare championship – we will enjoy this for what it is worth and after that we will take every game one at a time and see where it takes us.”