Tommy McCormack points to the belief the Killoe players showed to win the county title

Emmet Og manager Tommy McCormack admitted that belief is what helped his side win the County Final on Sunday.

Emmet Og manager Tommy McCormack admitted that belief is what helped his side win the County Final on Sunday.

“The lads believed in themselves, the management team and the system that we installed at an early stage. At the back of the stand there was a banner ‘believe’ and that was exactly it. It took one or two guys to take the game onto themselves to win it and as a result of that everything could have gone differently but they stuck to the plan,” he told the Leader.

After going through the entire championship undefeated the Killoe side were definitely deserving winners. Their manager believes they did it the hard way and certainly earned their title: “When we were 0-9 to 0-6 ahead we took the wrong options; inexperience and lacking maturity. We won this championship the hard way. There is no question about it. If you ever earn a championship it was earned today; we went nine games undefeated. It says a lot. They are a young team but they have a maturity beyond their years. They are still learning and they will be a very good outfit.”

With his son as captain, Tommy McCormack was a proud man when Joe lifted the Connolly Cup:

“I’m absolutely delighted for Joe in a sense that his career is going to be cut short with injury. This was the ultimate challenge this year. Seeing that he has achieved that this year he might just have early retirement.”

The Killoe boss admitted that the drawn game definitely helped his side in their quest for glory. “Previously to that game I said to a couple of guys that we needed one more game before we played Slashers. I felt that we just weren’t ticking in a lot of areas. All the tactics that we work into the general game counts for nothing: heart, passion and other aspects are what matter.”

Killoe won’t be able to celebrate for too long because they have a Leinster Club game against the Wexford champions St. Anne’s next Sunday in Longford. McCormack is hoping his side can continue their winning run: “If we show the same level of commitment anything is possible. That’s the level that they have set. They have to emulate that now. There will be consequences if they drop below that. The celebrations will go on for a day or two, that’s it. We will be back training on Wednesday night and everyone will report for that. We will be taking it from there.”