A great day for Grange after a series of heartbreaking junior B losses

A great day for Grange after a series of heartbreaking junior B losses
Grange's Devon Roche and John Carmody celebrate. Pictures: Eddie O'Hare

GRANGE selector PJ Roche hailed the work ethic of his side as they lifted the Cork County Junior B Football Championship on Sunday afternoon.

The club was losing finalists in 2015 and also in 2018 after a replay but they put that behind them at the weekend as they defeated Goleen 2-4 to 0-7 at Páirc Uí Rinn.

It was also their first Junior football county success in 40 years and speaking to the Echo on the pitch shortly after full time, Roche was keen to praise the club as a whole.

“I thought it was a very good sporting game,” he said.

“It was great to have two footballing clubs in the final and Goleen would be a very proud club as well.

Claire Fennell, Cathal Roche and Becky Collins.
Claire Fennell, Cathal Roche and Becky Collins.

“Grange, we have been waiting 40 years since we last won a county so to get back here especially after the heartbreak of the last few years in 2015 and the replay last year, for the lads to get back and to put in the effort that they did this year is a credit to everyone involved in the club.

“There was a lot of work that went into this year definitely. You could see after the replay last year almost straight away lads were back training, they didn’t rest on the fact that they had lost the game it was all about next year lads and we’re good enough to with it.

“Thankfully this year they went out on the pitch and they proved it like."

David Keating with his wife Dominique, children, Dylan, Zoe, Lauren and Jamie
David Keating with his wife Dominique, children, Dylan, Zoe, Lauren and Jamie

It’s 40 years since they won it so generations have passed since. 

"There are family links between this team and that team which is great.

“Kieran Kelleher he was chairman for six or seven years and back in 2010, they said there would be no Grange club and here we are now nine years thanks to the work of a lot of great men including Kieran and his son Jordan came on to the pitch there as well.

“So it is just a great day for the club and the community of Grange. You heard Alan McNamara there when he talked about it being a small club with a big heart and it really is.

“We don’t have an underage team and we are battling every year to make up the numbers so this is a great achievement.”

Ber Sheehan, Natasha Bracken and Michelle Kelleher
Ber Sheehan, Natasha Bracken and Michelle Kelleher

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