Coughlan back to his best for Newtown in their 22nd year in the senior ranks

Coughlan back to his best for Newtown in their 22nd year in the senior ranks
Jamie Coughlan, Newtown, under pressure from John McLoughlin and Alan Sheehy. Picture: Brendan Gleeson

NEWTOWNSHANDRUM'S adventures since they became a force in Cork club hurling are still talked about fondly in that part of the county but there’s a new generation on the campaign trail these days a new management team too.

Last Saturday night at Charleville they spoiled Kanturk’s maiden voyage in the championship and they were well worth their five-point victory.

Team boss Gary Morrissey was pleased with how things had gone on the night.

“We are delighted, we knew it was going to be tough and it was being billed as a kind of a local derby even though there wouldn’t be a great history there between us.

“It was a typical first-round game of hurling, conditions were heavy and it was a battle. They came back there at us in the second-half as they can do and they had a bit of momentum with them going into the game.

“It was their first major match since winning the All-Ireland club and we knew that we would have to bring our own intensity into this game.’’ 

A good start certainly proved to be half the battle, something that the team boss acknowledged.

“We knew that would be important. You could say that you planned for it but it does not always happen.

“We just felt that as a club we had more experience than them at this level and we felt if we got a few early scores it would give us that early advantage and that is the way it worked out there.’’ 

The star of the show on the night was former Cork senior, Jamie Coughlan and Morrissey had nothing but praise for the effort that he had put in over the hour.

“Yes, Jamie is a good lad and he has been very positive in the group this year for us. He is as talented as you could get and he showed that out there tonight with the goals that he got for us.

“The thing about it there was that we had leaders all over the pitch and that is what you want at this level.

“To win any game you need fellows standing up at big times and we had them.’’ 

Tim O'Mahony, Newtownshandrum, keeping a close on the sliotar against Darren Browne. Picture: Brendan Gleeson
Tim O'Mahony, Newtownshandrum, keeping a close on the sliotar against Darren Browne. Picture: Brendan Gleeson

The only real negative on the night was the elbow injury sustained by Cork newcomer Tim O’Mahony and that was a concern in the camp. 

“We had two injuries, Sean Griffin who got a bad knee injury. We don’t fully know about Tim, there’s a doctor there but it will be assessed. He was in fierce pain but we don’t know.’’ 

Now there’s going to be a long break before their next outing, something that all clubs must face.

“Ya, so it was important to win tonight. There’s a round, losers round to be played before we play again so that gives us an opportunity to get things together again and get Tim back from Cork if he’s okay.

“But we are delighted here. This was our 22nd year up senior, I didn’t know that until it was said and you must keep bringing on young fellows to keep it going.

“The underage in the club is very strong and that’s feeding us and that’s where it starts. We’ll keep on ploughing and see where that takes us.’’

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