Glen Rovers hurlers are finding form at the right time of the season

Glen Rovers hurlers are finding form at the right time of the season
Glen Rovers' Simon Kennefick racing away from Carrigtwohill's Padraic Hogan. Picture: Eddie O'Hare

GLEN ROVERS team boss Richie Kelleher was able to relax for the best part of his team’s victory over Carrigtwohill last Sunday, something that he had been unable to do against Charleville and Newtownshandrum.

The Glen were winners a long way out and Kelleher was delighted to be taking the team to another county final.

“We got a great start and we made a few changes in the forward line, that might have caught Carrig on the hop and things worked out for us,” said Kelleher.

“It was important that we started well because we have been in and out of games, our form has been up and down but we always kept trying, kept putting in the effort and I thought our play in the opening stages was first class.

“We have good forwards, give them space and they can do damage and we did that here.

“We still have a few things to work on but we are in a county final and we’ll give it everything in trying to win it.”

The Glen boss admitted to being a bit wary in advance of the game after Carrigtwohill had produced some fine form in reaching the last four.

“Carrig are a great traditional club and we’d have great respect for them and I was a bit cautious coming down here.

“When you are playing a club with tradition you just don’t know what they are going to bring but the start we got was brilliant, that does not happen like that too often but we’ll take it here,” said Kelleher.

“We picked up at half-time on a few negatives to drive them on. We just said to them that there was to be no relaxing even though we were well in control.

“We are a confident, experienced side and we can handle different situations and if we were younger it might have been different but we have that experience.

“We have youth too, we threw in a few subs there in the second-half. Look, it’s going to be our 44th county final and we are thrilled.”

Glen Rovers manager Richie Kelleher. Picture: Eddie O'Hare
Glen Rovers manager Richie Kelleher. Picture: Eddie O'Hare

And being in a final means everything in Blackpool.

“We want days like this, it’s what drives us all on in the club. This is what we train in the winter for, it builds the club.

“Look 14 or 15 years ago the club was on its knees and the hurling has turned it around.

“The club is just thriving now, we are in the minor final tonight.

“We have one more day to go now, if we win, we win, if we lose, we lose, that’s the way it goes.

“We had a job to do here against Carrigtwohill and we did that. It’s all down to hard work from the players, we have plenty of them.

“When the players drive this thing on it makes my job very easy.

“We don’t pressurise them, we only try to steer them if there’s something wrong.

“We just want to be improving all the time.”

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