THERE will be no holding back now where Charleville are concerned in their bid to lift the Munster Club IHC title.
They put their Cork title celebrations on the back-burner as they travelled into North Kerry for the opening round of the campaign against Kerry’s best senior team, Lixnaw.
It was, potentially, a very tricky assignment but the Cork champions put up on one of their best displays of the season to win convincingly. It was a win that pleased team manager John Moloney as he reflected on a job well done by a group of players whose confidence levels are very high right now.
“We are delighted with the way the players performed out there today. It was a short turnaround from the county final and you know yourself that after winning an aul match there was a bit of celebrating done.
“We did that on Monday night and Tuesday but we told the boys that we’d have an aul session on Thursday night. We told the lads in a chat that we were representing Cork and that we’d have to do our utmost to come down here and do our best.
”I think that we did that and I am delighted with the way it went.
“I thought that the lads played excellent, especially in the first half against a strong wind and I thought that they put in a savage effort.’’
There was just the one goal scored over the hour and Moloney acknowledge that it was a score of great significance.
“It was of course because in a lot the games this year not too many goals have been scored, the two games against Courcey Rovers there was no goal.
“In tight games, a goal is always crucial and we got the one today and we took it on from there, I thought."
He had a few words of praise too for an outstanding defensive performance.
“The backs have been excellent all year, a lot of them are young but they have grown. It’s been an unbelievable week in the club’s history, a county title last Monday, Dar getting an All-Star last night and now making it through to a Munster final.
“Darragh did not do any celebrating after last night, he came down to be travel with us on the bus today.
“That’s the character of Darragh, for a young fellow of just 21 he shows a great example, that is savage character altogether.’’
Now it’s a final against Feakle from Clare in a few weeks time.
“To be honest, we don’t know anything about them but it’s great to be there and to be looking forward to another final in our club.
“And, as I said, we’ll do our best again to do Cork proud in that final Feakle put up a very impressive tally in their defeat of Waterford champions Clonea, scoring 5-15 as they romped home by three clear goals."
Shane McGrath was one of the players who impressed in that victory, scoring 1-9 while Raymond Bane secured a hat-trick of goals.
They are just two players that the Cork champions will be mindful of when the sides meet in the final for the right to enter the All-Ireland.
Meanwhile, the attention switches to football next weekend with all three Cork representatives in action.
St Finbarr’s will play Dr Crokes in Killarney on their home sod in Lewis Road while Fermoy must travel to Moyne - Templetuohy in Tipperary to face the home team in the IFC semi-final.
Fermoy easily accounted for Limerick’s Galbally last Sunday and will be strongly fancied to advance to the final and in the aftermath of that game their boss Mick Hennessy outlined the desire for a protracted run in the competition.
“It is not just for Fermoy but for Cork as well. There are some great fabulous footballers in Cork and some great football men in Cork and we are all trying to do our bit.
“We are proud to be carrying the Fermoy and Cork flags in this competition.’’
Meanwhile, Dromtariffe, the newly crowned Cork junior football champions, will face Limerick team Kildimo-Pallaskenry in their opening game of the provincial series next Sunday as well.