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Imokilly captain Seamus Harnedy raises the Sean Óg Murphy Cup. Picture: Eddie O'Hare
Imokilly captain Seamus Harnedy raises the Sean Óg Murphy Cup. Picture: Eddie O'Hare
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Harnedy leads the way for dominant Imokilly as they retain their title

HE led by example from the outset, was a gargantuan figure in front of goal and had 1-4 alongside his name by half-time.

Seamus Harnedy was a captain fantastic in the Imokilly team and a real thorn in the Midleton defence.

In the aftermath of a man of the match display, he reflected on a job well done by all in in the Imokilly jersey.

“It’s all a bit surreal at the moment, back to back titles but it hasn’t really sunk in yet.

“Two of our selectors, Derek Barrett and Jimmy Smiddy were on to us before that they had played on two winning Imokilly teams and it was up to us now to match that.

“They did it in 1997 and 1998 and now we have emulated that, it’s great for everybody involved.

“It was day by day that we got here. Last year was gone and we just wanted to show everybody that it was not a once off.

“We had our scares during the year, we knew that we had to up it after the Newcestown game and we did.

“But I think the scoreline flattered us a lot today. Midleton were there with 20 minutes to go but, thankfully, the lads showed great character.

“When we needed scores, big men stood up, Bill Cooper, Will Leahy, Paudie, they got big scores for us and showed great leadership.

“It was a team effort, a squad effort and it is just great now.’’ 

Imokilly's Seamus Harnedy shoots from Midleton's Luke Dineen. Picture: Eddie O'Hare
Imokilly's Seamus Harnedy shoots from Midleton's Luke Dineen. Picture: Eddie O'Hare

More satisfying than 12 months ago?

“It’s more current, it’s now. We have always said it’s the next day and you judge yourself on your own performance.

“There’s new fellows there this year that had n’t won it. We wanted to put our best foot forward for them, the likes of Bill, Colm Spillane, Barry Lawton, they were going for their first county medal today and we didn’t want to leave our team-mates down and, thankfully, we didn’t.’’ 

There was a big scare right at the end and the Imokilly contingent held its collective breath when the captain went down with what appeared to be a serious injury.

“I just got a bit of a belt in the neck, I had a bit of an issue with my back in the last few weeks, just got a bit of a belt and got a bit of pain.

“But everybody was just being cautious, they just wanted to tick all the boxes to make sure it wasn’t serious and, thankfully, all is okay."

Imokilly captain Seamus Harnedy with his parents Sean and Cathy. Picture: Eddie O'Hare
Imokilly captain Seamus Harnedy with his parents Sean and Cathy. Picture: Eddie O'Hare