BLACKROCK’S experience and ruthlessness got them the desired result over Ballyhea in the opening round of the Cork senior hurling championship at Páirc Uí Rinn on Saturday.
They sauntered to a 2-27 to 1-10 victory, and manager Fergal Ryan was delighted with the application of his players.
“It was pleasing that the lads kept going until the very end. That is what you look for in a team, not to take their foot off the gas and that is what they did tonight.
“We ran out comprehensive winners in the end. I think Ballyhea gave up the ghost a bit when we went eight points ahead.
“It may have made it look easier for us than what it actually was.
“Yeah, very pleased with the win. Our first goal came at a good time for us.
“We were looking for momentum. The first 15 minutes we didn’t have it at all. Ballyhea went two or three up at one stage. We were definitely at a bit of sixes and sevens. We weren’t tight enough.
“We had a good second 15 minutes, getting them in at half-time just to be clear on what we wanted them to do was important. I think they came out and did it in the second-half.”
Eleven different scorers were on the scoresheet.
“We got a couple of scores as well from the half-back line. Niall Cashman got three, Andrew Murphy got one.
“Both midfielders scored and all the forwards scored from what I could make out. That is very pleasing to get a good spread of scorers because you know you are not dependent on any one player.”
While Ballyhea head to round two, Blackrock are through to round three.
However, they won’t see any more championship action until later in the season.
“I won’t say I am looking forward to the break. I think it is a big problem for the GAA that big break, everybody has said it.
“I know they are trying to put measures in place but there is no real fix to it unless the intercounty scene changes and I don’t see that changing any time soon.
“That is the way it is and we have got to play within the terms that are there. We have that break now until August. We will just have to try and manage that.
“We will give them a week or two off now. We will just keep working on our fitness and commitment and try to do the right thing on the ball.
“Make the right decisions, it doesn’t always happen.
“There is a bit of experience there. I think we have developed to play to a certain level most times where we are in the top tier of six teams in senior.
“There is a long way to go before you think of winning a county.
“Whoever we get drawn against in round three we will prepare for them.”