DETERMINED Kilkenny CBS mixed the good with the ordinary during a strong bid to win the All-Ireland colleges senior hurling Division A championship final for the second time, but in the end Lady Luck turned her back on them and they ended up emty handed.
“We just didn’t get the breaks,” suggested team manager, Seamus Dwyer, when he spoke with the ’People after what was the second defeat in a final this season, the earlier one being in the Leinster decider against then All-Ireland champions, St Kieran’s College.
“At a vital stage in the match everything they (Nenagh CBS) touched seemed to turn to gold, every bounce and everything went their way,” he added. “That can be the way in sport sometimes. Fair play to Nenagh, they are the champions and we congratulate them on their victory.”
The CBS have started strongly in all games this season, and this time was no different, the opening barrage during which they scored 1-3 in eight minutes being described as “great” by the team mentor.
“We started every game very well,” Mr Dwyer continued. “Normally we are able to see things out, but this time we seemed to fall asleep for 10 minutes or so before half-time and that cost us dearly. That cost us big in the end.
“When we were on top early on we should have put more on the scoreboard. We should have pushed on and drilled home the advantage when we were going well early on. We were four or five points up for 15 minutes on so and we had all the ball.
“We should have inflicted more damage on them then. Nenagh weren’t making any progress at that stage. We had them well held in most quarters. Everything was going according to plan.”
He said “fair play to Nenagh, they are a very good team.”
“On the day they deserved to win and we congratulate them. It is no easy competition to win, as we know only too well. The mood in our dressing-room at half-time was good. The players were very positive.
Title to be won
“We went out in the second half to win the game. We knew the title was there to be won. We regrouped. We made changes. They worked, but the breaks went against us.
“Luck can play a part in sport. On big days like this you need the breaks, the breaks to fall for you. We just had no luck.”
He said the players were devastated after the defeat. They ended up with nothing from a season in which they put in massive work and showed improvement all the way.
“A lot of the players are young,” he noted. “That is no consolation today, but going forward it is something to cling on to. Some of these players are destined for huge things in hurling, but in this final things just didn’t work out.”