OPPOSING managers Paul Holland and Liam Collins couldn’t have asked for more from their players following CIT and Castlehaven’s pulsating Cork SFC third round draw in Cloughduv on Sunday evening.
The two sides finished level 0-21 to 0-21 at the conclusion of a cracking encounter with Castlehaven’s Damien Cahalane converting a 45’ and Mark Collins floating over two injury-time frees to earn the West Cork club a replay.
“If anyone was to have that final free to take the game to a replay you would want Mark (Collins),” commented Castlehaven manager Liam Collins.
“CIT were dragging us all over the field and our fellas decided to go with them.
"I suppose, defensive structures are supposed to work differently to a degree but I accept that it was an exciting, open game form a neutral’s point of view.
“There were some excellent scores from both sides and do you know what, if it was entertaining for supporters then that’s great but it was heart stopping for us on the line.
"We are happy to get a draw out of it as we could easily have lost that game.”
As for CIT, Paul Holland was unsure of his line-up until shortly before throw-in due to so many of the college’s players on club championship duty earlier in the afternoon.
In the end, giving up a three-point injury time lead may have been hard to take but the quality of CIT’s scoring suggests the college have every chance of winning the replay.
“The fellas that were here tonight are the fellas that wanted to play against Castlehaven in the county championship,” CIT manager Paul Holland stated.
“They wanted to go out and test themselves against one of the best teams in Cork.
"We acquitted ourselves very well considering over half the team had played a championship game already this weekend.
“Towards the end, we were gone, the last 5 or 10 minutes, we couldn’t hold out.
"I couldn’t be prouder of them though; lads who played a game in Cahirciveen today got into their cars and drove here tonight to represent CIT.
"You can’t ask much more of your players.
“We can’t control the fixtures and, as a college, are exposed because there was a full round of Kerry SFC and Tipperary SFC on this weekend.
"We had Daniel Dineen playing Friday night with Cill na Martra so we won’t get carried away and see when the replay is on.
“Again though, I couldn’t be prouder of the lads and the way they played tonight.
"Another positive thing for us is that we had freshers mixing with senior players there.
"Going forward, that’s very good for CIT and we are very proud to play in this competition.”