ST FINBARR’S manager, Ray Keane, remained defiant despite his side’s 21-point hammering by powerful Dr Croke’s in the Munster club football semi-final in Killarney yesterday.
The ‘Barr’s were blown away by Croke’s 5-20 to 1-11 victory, which sets up a final against debutants St Joseph’s, Milltown-Malbay.
The Clare champions qualified for their first final with a 2-11 to 0-9 win over The Nire in Waterford.
“Our goal at the start of the year was to get to a county final, which we did, and then get over the line, which we did.
“We’ll be trying to move on again next year. If you don’t win your own patch, you can’t move onto this level again.
“This may be a learning curve if we get back here again,” he said.
On a wretched afternoon of incessant rain, the Kerry champions rattled up all their scores from play and had five different goal-scorers.
They led by 2-11 to 1-4 at half-time and were just as dominant in the second half.
“If you gave me a county championship at the start of January or on October 16 of last year, would anyone of those lads inside in the dressing-room have swapped it? Not a chance.
“That’s the most important thing-win your own patch first,” Keane stated.
There was betters news for Cork’s other champions. Fermoy reached the intermediate final with a 2-6 to 0-8 win away to Tipperary champions, Moyne Templetuohy.
They now meet Kerry’s Kilcummin, who whacked Kilmacthomas by 2-17 to 0-1 in the other semi-final.
Dromtarriffe are in the junior semi-final following a 2-10 to 1-7 success against Limerick champions, Kildimon Pallaskenry, in Mallow.
The Duhallow club return to the same venue on Saturday to play Waterford’s Mount Sion for a place in the final.
Beaufort from Kerry are also in the last four after a 5-16 to 1-9 win over Tipperary’s Ballylooby-Castlegrace. They now meet Clare’s Michael Cusacks.