A despondent Longford Slashers manager Denis Connerton admitted after Sunday’s County Final replay that the best team won.
Speaking to the Leader Connerton bemoaned the loss of key players through injury but didn’t want to take it away from Emmet Og’s great win: “They were excellent on the day and we can have no complaints. I don’t know whether it was hunger or whatever that helped them. We fought back; we were three points down in normal time. We lost as champions today. We absorbed some serious hits during the game and we lost Paul (Kelly) and Peter Brady and David (Sheridan) wasn’t fit to start. I’m not making excuses though as Killoe were exceptionally good. I always said that all year.
They were unbeaten in all their matches and that’s testament to a good team. They have been on the rise for quite some time and I congratulate them and wish them well. It just wasn’t to be for us today.”
The Slashers boss was honest in his assessment of his side’s performance and made no excuses for the defeat: “We did get a little bit tired. We lost Paul (Kelly), who is a special player for us, and Peter (Brady) has been a great servant too, And then to lose David (Sheridan); massively experienced players in vital positions. They just weakened us a little and Killoe took advantage. They are a very good team and worthy winners.”
It was a fantastic game of football played in a great spirit by two committed sides. Connerton was proud of his charges: “I have dealt with an exceptional bunch of players here. They have shown terrific commitment to the club, to their families and themselves. I have most certainly enjoyed my time with Slashers. This is my third year with them and you couldn’t be with a better bunch of players. They gave it everything and just had nothing left to give at the end. It was a marvellous game.”
The Lanesboro man was delighted for his former side Killoe who bridged a 17 year gap to claim the Connolly Cup: “It’s terrific for Killoe. These bunch of lads have won everything from schoolboy right up. They are a very talented bunch of players and a bright future lies ahead of them. They will be hard beaten and I don’t know where the next bunch of players will come from that will beat them. It’s going to be difficult.”