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 Argideen's Craig O'Brien being tackled by Brian Hurley, Éire Óg, last season. Picture: Denis Boyle
Argideen's Craig O'Brien being tackled by Brian Hurley, Éire Óg, last season. Picture: Denis Boyle
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Argideen boss Harte hails his team’s work-rate in defeating Castlemartyr

ARGIDEEN Rangers manager Barry Harte admitted he was happy with his side’s work-rate as they sealed their place in the draw for the third round of the Cork County Intermediate Hurling Championship by beating Castlemartyr at Páirc Uí Rinn.

Rangers suffered a heavy defeat against Castlemartyr in the championship last year but they bounced back by winning this first round clash 2-15 to 0-17. 

“We are happy with the win,” said Harte. “Halfway through the second half, we were coasting on the scoreboard and we let them back into it then but it was inevitable that they would get a run at us.

“They are a good side, they have got some very good players you look at Brian Lawton there he’s a good player, (Joe) Stack as well. They gave us a good hammering last year so it was important for us that we at least competed tonight and it was great to win.

“We didn’t really speak about it to be truthful we just focussed on our own performance and there’s no point in looking back you must look forward and that’s the way we approached it.

“We played them last year and they beat us well, they got three goals in the first ten minutes last year which kind of killed the game very early.

“I am aware that they had a few injuries there to be fair to them and they came into this game under pressure.

“It was a good performance. The simple thing is once guys try hard and once they work hard after that you can’t say that you will definitely win but you can say once you did work hard you can go into the dressing room and you are happy with that. The commitment was great.” 

Argideen will now face a long wait before they participate in the third round of the championship while Castlemartyr will soon have another chance in the second round.

“We have a long break now, unfortunately,” added Harte. 

“I’m not sure if it is a bonus if you win a first-round game apart from the confidence booster. Sometimes when you go into the second round game it is an advantage then going into the third round but look we will take the win we are very happy with it.

“We are perilously close to the relegation so it was great to get a win here and it is great the way that the championship is working in the coming years you have got to have an eye on that as well.

“It’s important for us to try and stay up and to try and drive on and tonight’s win will certainly put us in the right direction.”