Brunell coach vows to bounce back from another cup final defeat in Dublin

Brunell coach vows to bounce back from another cup final defeat in Dublin
Laura Morrissey in action for Brunell in the cup final. Picture: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

BRUNELL coach Tim O’Halloran couldn’t hide his disappointment after his second consecutive defeat in the National Cup final.

The Leesiders endured a tough second half as they were well beaten by Killester.

“We simply couldn’t put the ball in the basket, but it would be unfair of me not to praise the Killester defence as they completely shut us down,” said O’Halloran.

The Brunell chief had a tough few weeks as Danielle O’Leary, although playing, had suffered ankle ligament damage in the semi-final against DCU Mercy and was clearly only 40% fit.

The loss of Katie Walsh was the biggest loss for the Cork side.

“To be fair Danielle did everything in her power to make the final and despite not being 100% fit she gave her all and that’s the type of spirit that’s in this club.”

The disappointment of losing a second final was hard to take for O’Halloran, but he insisted it’s time to reflect and make sure the season ends by getting some league wins.

“Our league form has been poor so we need to get some wins and I know how disappointed we all are, but now is not a time for criticising.

“All my players did their best on the day, but it simply wasn’t good enough.

“The road to Cork is going to be a long one, but we have to take it in the chin as a club like Killester haven’t won this title since 2001.

“I guess we will have to give it our best shot next season.”

The mood in the Killester camp was one of joy as coach Karl Kilbride paid tribute to his troops.

“It’s a great occasion for the club after a 19 year drought and after a inconsistent first half we finally got our act together in the second and I think we were worthy champions,” said Kilbride.

The Killester coach, in his fifth year in the job, has certainly turned things around and now he has sights on trying to bring a Super League title to the table.

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