CHARLEVILLE coach, and former Cork hurling great, Ben O’Connor believed that those who might have written off the Cork champions or questioned the tactics employed by the team got their answer in yesterday’s Munster Club final.
Charleville had trailed by 10 points at the interval but staged a magnificent second-half comeback against Clare champions Feakle to become the seventh Cork team to reign supreme in the province.
“They are always questioning the bottle Charleville have,” said O’Connor. “There was the answer for whoever has an issue with it.
“There was a lot of talk during the week that we’d be blown out of it, we weren’t able at this grade. People were giving out about the short-passing.
“That’s why we won today, we worked the ball through the lines.
“We did what we are good at, fit, strong, young fellas hurling with their heads.
“At half-time when we were 10 points down I said to them to prove to me what they were and they came back out and gave everything.
“Pressure is nothing to them fellas, that’s better than the county final the way we came back.’’
Charleville will now play Kilkenny’s Graigue-Ballycallan or Portlaoise in the All-Ireland semi-final.
Meanwhile, it was a great weekend too for the ladies footballers of Mourneabbey who travelled to Galway to defeat Connacht champions Kilkerrin/Clonberne in the All-Ireland club senior semi-final.
They will now play Foxrock/Cabinteely in the final.
In the junior semi-final, Glanmire secured a place in the final too by defeatingTrillick from Tyrone in the semi-final.
There was great joy too in Watergrasshill after the club’s junior ‘B’ hurlers claimed the county inter-divisional title at the expense of Mallow.
Killian Roche, with a return of 2-4, was the scoring hero for the ’Hill who also had William Connolly contributing 0-5 in their 2-16 to 3-11 triumph.