MISSION accomplished, no more, no less.
That was the tale of Midleton’s victory over Bishopstown in the opening round of the Cork County SHC at Páirc Uí Rinn last Sunday.
Always in the short list of contenders for the title, the East Cork team, without ever really igniting, did enough to end up comfortable winners in the end over the city side who must now face Kanturk in round two to try and extend their championship season.
Midleton mentor Sean O’Brien, without getting carried away with the result, was, however, pleased with how the day had worked out.
“Look, we are happy with the win. It’s the month of April and we won’t play again for a couple of months so today was all about getting the win and moving on.
“I thought our performance overall was average but that’s all you have to be at this time of the year. But we have a good bunch of lads in the squad, they work hard and we just go away now and prepare for the next game whenever that will be.’’
Despite the fact that there was only a point dividing the teams at the interval, Midleton always seemed to have that extra bit of fuel in the tank and when the teams came back out they upped the ante considerably.
“Look, they caused us trouble at times, we were only a point up at half-time but we were better after that and we did the business when it mattered. It’s as simple as that, you get over this first round at this time of the year."
Defensively, O’Brien was pleased with how things had gone, just the concession of 12 points over the hour, four in the second-half.
“Yes, if you concede 12 points in every game you will win most of them, that was pleasing but it’s early days and it’s a very open championship. You want to be there in July and August and we still have an awful lot of work to do but we are here to do it.
“There are at least six or seven teams in the championship that are well capable of winning it. For us, it’s a case of being ready again when it resumes.
“We believe that we have a good mix in the team, we have a few good young fellows, there are others doing the Leaving Cert.
“We lost Sean O’Leary-Hayes there to an injury with his back that had been troubling him for a bit but he played on as long as he could.
“We lost Killian Burke this season but what’s gone is gone and we have what we have and we must try and get the best out of them."
One of the subs introduced, Padraig Nagle, hit three fine points which illustrated a good depth in the squad.
“That was good for us but we have a good bunch in the entire squad and that’s the way you want it. If we get the best out of them we won’t fear any team but now it’s a case of moving on, doing the work for the next day and see where that takes us.
“Today, happy with the win.’’