A POINT deep into added time sealed a hard-earned 1-22 to 2-18 win for Éire Óg in their intermediate hurling clash against Dungourney at Páirc Uí Rinn on Saturday.
There were many talking points, including the six minutes of added time, but the Éire Óg coach Vincent O’Connell was pleased his side edged a thrilling game.
“I don’t know where all that added time came from and I am sure Dungourney will feel the same but at the end of the day only one man can answer that,” said Vincent O’Connell.
The Éire Óg boss was a little disappointed about how his team performed in the first half.
“We simply never reached the required standard and the first half was disappointing but credit to Dungourney they hung in there as their full-forward was crafty against our 18-year-old full back,” said O’Connell.
“I have sympathy for Dungourney as they played their hearts out and when you lose a game that had so many positives it can be hard to take.”
The overall display by Éire Óg was not good enough, according to their manager, who is looking for his side to improve from this outing.
“I am not going to single players out but I think some will know they didn’t perform to the standard they are capable of but we never look back and hopefully we will drive on and keep working on the training ground.
“It is 34 years since this club won a major championship and it would be nice if that was broken this season and knowing the quality that’s in this team I have a firm belief with a bit of luck they can kick on,” he said.
It was a surprise Cork All-Ireland winning footballer Daniel Goulding was left out of the starting 15, but the Éire Óg boss praised his stalwart in the manner he conducts himself both on and off the pitch.
“I am playing some minor players at the moment and to be fair Daniel Goulding is an inspirational figure in our club that gives plenty of encouragement to all of them,” said O’Connell.
“When I spoke to Daniel this morning to inform him he wasn’t starting he duly replied that he felt he wasn’t playing well enough. We brought him on with eight minutes remaining and in that short period, he made a telling contribution in steadying the ship.
“We will now assess the performance and hopefully lessons will be learned as we are a far better team than the one that showed up,” he said.
“But first round games are all about getting the right result and we managed that, so we will take it, move on, and prepare for the next round.”