Sars boss admits he would have been content to take a draw against Imokilly with time running out

Sars boss admits he would have been content to take a draw against Imokilly with time running out
Imokilly's William Leahy has his shot blocked down by Sarsfields' Garry Grey. Picture: Eddie O'Hare

AFTER their draw Sars manager, Brian Roche, freely admitted he would have taken that result with 10 minutes to do against Imokilly in the Cork SHC semi-final at Páirc Uí Chaoimh.

Like the rest of us, he also thought that when Daniel Kearney pointed late on that the club side might have snug over the line. Instead Paudie O'Sullivan landed a 64th minute leveller to make it 1-24 to 2-21, so for now Roche is happy they have another chance to go next week and already is looking forward to that game.

“It’s a bit of mixed emotions really after that, happy that we got the draw and maybe a bit of getting out of jail from our point of view. To be honest with ye now I would have taken a draw with five or 10 minutes to go.

“We were nearly dead and buried there at one point when they went four points up in the second-half and we looked in a bit of trouble at that stage.

“But then we got back level and went a point up and we had another chance to go further ahead, but unfortunately Gavin O’Loughlin couldn’t get the ball under control and if he did and if it had gone over we felt we would have won.

“It would have put us two points up and I think that just might have been enough to see us through, But fair play to Imokilly they are a good side and you can see how good they are by the scores they have been putting up in previous games."

After a replay victory over UCC in the quarter-final, Sars must go again to decide who faces Blackrock on October 23.

“We started slow again today, just like we did in the replay against UCC last week and they got ahead of us, whatever it is I don’t know.

“But in fairness to the lads they have showed great spirit over the last few weeks and they don’t panic and when they went six points up in the first-half they showed how good they are to get back on level terms.

“We chipped away at the scores and got ourselves back in the game and we always say don’t panic and there was a lot way to go.

“But we have plenty of experienced players out there who don't panic and no matter what stage it is at they will just try to keep chipping away and get themselves back into contention.

“Both sides will benefit from this game so really it doesn’t become an advantage for either one of us and we know it’s going to be another battle again next week and I would rather be playing than going home today with a loss under our belts.

“When Daniel Kearney scored, to be honest, I thought that it might just win it for us, but I looked a the clock and saw there was a minute to go so I knew there was always the danger of them getting the chance to score and in fairness to them they did, so we will just have to do it all again next week.”

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