IT was a county final Carbury lost and their manager Stephen Darby is fully aware of that point. His team had plenty of chances to win it but simply didn’t take them. They recovered from a slow start and a four point deficit to lead by two at the interlude but in the end they were beaten by six point margin.
“At half time we were in a good position and the early scores and to settle down is what we needed in the second half. We felt that if that happened we’d be able to push on. During the first ten minutes of the second half we had our chances but hit three or four wides. We needed a score to settle us down and that didn’t come and we paid the price for it,” said Carbury boss Stephen Darby.
He added: “There was one particular bout of play where we lost possession, the ball was spilled, and they went up the field and got the first goal and that was the crucial score.
It (the game) was there for the taking, we had our chances and we just didn’t take them. It’s not they they (Sarsfields) won it but we lost it and that’s what makes it all the harder.”
Declan McKenna’s 46th minute goal was the score that did the most damage to Carbury. They never recovered from it and it’s a goal that could give Darby nightmares for a long time to come.
“The goal gave Sarsfields the upper hand both mentally and physically. They didn’t look back after that. We had to work too hard to get the ball down, we flitted away too many chances and because of that they deserved to win but it’s a final we left behind,” admitted the Offaly man.
Losing out to Athy last year was difficult but for Darby it doesn’t come close to the disappointment he felt on Sunday.
“This one is a more difficult pill to swallow compared to last year. Last year was so new for us and I felt that we finished very well in the last final but the opposite happened to us today. In the second half there was only one team in it,” he said.
He rallied his troops last year. Got them back to a Senior Football Championship final but Darby admits that the 2012 defeat will be much, much harder to get over.
“I would hope this team bounces back but mentally today is a devastating blow to them because we were up for the game and we felt we would do better than we actually did,” remarked Darby.