Brian Dillon's and St Catherine's ready to go again at Páirc Uí Rinn on Tuesday night

Brian Dillon's and St Catherine's ready to go again at Páirc Uí Rinn on Tuesday night

Shane Cotter reaches for the ball under pressure from Cian McCarthy. Picture: Eddie O'Hare

AFTER Sunday's 1-13 to 2-10 draw in the Junior A hurling final, there was a sense of relief from both camps that they would have the chance to do it all again, Tuesday night at 7.30pm in Páirc Uí Rinn.

The two club bosses were also conscious of the quick turnaround of the replay, with a Munster outing for the winners next weekend.

St Catherine’s Ian O’Connell was also conscious of the fact they were well in front at half-time.

“Seven points up at half-time, they came back and it was nearly gone there in the end. But I’m very proud of the way the lads, we battled hard against what is a very good Dillon's side.

“We knew there wouldn’t be a more than a puck of the ball in it and we live to fight another day.

“It’s going be tough going to come out in two days and it’s not fair on players on both sides to have to go out again like that. I don’t think it’s fair, but we will turn up and put in another massive effort on Tuesday night and hopefully it will get us over the line.

“But look we are training since January and what are we doing that we have to ask players to come out again on Tuesday and whoever wins having to go out again next weekend, it’s not fair,” concluded Ian.

Brian Dillon’s manager, Tommy Boland, also felt it was unfair, but believed it is what it is. 

“If you said to me at half-time that we would have another chance at it we would have taken it. Look we didn’t perform in the first-half, credit to Catherine’s maybe they didn’t leave us perform but we certainly didn’t turn up for sure and we had a good hard look at ourselves at half-time and I thought we put in a super second-half performance.

“So we have the chance to rectify it over the full hour now on Tuesday night. County finals do funny things to players and maybe we were a bit nervous, but that should be out of the way now and out of the system. It’s not an ideal situation and I don’t understand the logic of the fast turnaround. There is not even a chance for a training session or a recovery session, but it is what it is and we will look at the positives and try and get ourselves right for Tuesday night,” concluded Tommy.

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