We nearly threw it away. I thought we were by far the best team, we just didn’t take our chances. We took our chances the last day alright but we definitely didn’t take them today and it left us in a bit of bother with 15 minutes to go, so stated Monasterevan manager Pascal Kellaghan after the game, writes Tommy Callaghan.
“By the time we kicked our second point we had 14 wides. We didn’t throw it away and I think the boys showed great character. I think our fitness levels told in the last ten minutes and we were able to grind it out. We showed great character, absolutely huge character but we are very, very lucky. We nearly left it behind.
The former Offaly player whi is in his first year with Monasterevan added “I definitely think, for the whole game, we were in control, didn’t look like scoring for lots of periods but I thought we were in total control. Their goalkeeper pulled off a world class save and then we kicked 14 wides, I’m just very relieved. We could have been bet in a game we didn’t deserve to be bet.”
Anybody who ends a famine after 40 odd years has character. I’m just delighted to be part of it and to be able to bring my little bit to it. Jim McGuinness said last night on the Saturday Night Show “Anything can be achieved by anyone if they put their mind to it” and that’s what we did todlay.
“Our lads never came away from the game plan in fairness to them, they never panicked. Young Fitzy there had a few frees that dropped short and maybe the wind was holding up a few frees early on. I’m very relieved, very, very happy and very, very proud to be part of this.
It was a brilliant crowd from Monasterevan, a brilliant crowd from Kildare and great support from my own village in Rhode. It’s about winning, performances won’t matter tonight but in time, after Christmas, we will look at that.
Monasterevan now play Finuge of Kerry who bet the Cork champions without Paul Galvin and Eamon Fitzmaurice so I’d say they are probably not too bad! We won’t won’t about that tonight but they will be serious opposition, it’s hard to believe we are there added a delighted Kellaghan.