TO taste final defeat once was difficult enough but to taste it in two successive years is heartbreaking. His own performance was superb but that didn’t matter one little bit to Terry Rossiter when he spoke to the Leinster Leader at full time in St Conleth’s Park on Sunday evening last, writes Ruth Chambers.
Rossiter, a stalwart on the Carbury team, found it difficult to find the words to describe his disappointment but he did lay blame at his own team’s feet. Chances, he said, should have been converted, especially against a side like Sarsfields.
“There are no words that can sum it up actually. Our big thing in the last two games was starting the second half flying but we didn’t convert our chances when we were flying.
In the last two games we have got a run on teams especially in the five minutes before half time and the five minutes after but this time we didn’t kill things off,” admitted Rossiter.
“We had enough possession but they turned us over and got us on the back foot and the first goal was the killer. I still thought we’d come back from it but when they (Sarsfields) get a run on fields it’s very hard to stop them. It was the only time we let them get away from us because the scores they got in the first half were from our own turnovers,” he added.
Indeed Carbury didn’t converted their many chances and the Sash disappeared for a long period but nonetheless Rossiter was quick to heap praise on the Newbridge side.
“Sarsfields weren’t the favourites for no reason and they have had a fantastic year but I think they kind of robbed it in the end. The have serious class and when Smithy (Alan Smith) gets going like that there’s no one in Ireland that can stop him,” remarked the Carbury forward.
Twelve months ago Rossiter felt the same emotions when he stood and watched Mick Foley collect the Dermot Bourke Cup for Athy. He watched Padraig Brennan do the same last Sunday and at this point in time the Carbury man finds it difficult to imagine his team back in a county final but it’s vital that they do.
“It’s heartbreaking. We started back a month and a half after losing the county final last year to get back to where we were today. We thought the saying, you have to win one to lose one would apply to us this year but it didn’t.
“It’s very hard to think ahead to next year now and think of slogging it out up in Carbury Castle again but we will be back. The underage teams are going well and it’s important that we and them do it and get the club back to where it was in the ‘80s. It’s just a shame we couldn’t do that today but that’s the way it is,” said Rossiter.