Longford Slashers captain Dermot Brady admitted that their defeat to Killoe in the league stages of the championship earlier this year helped them achieve what they wanted most; to capture the Connolly Cup.
Speaking to the Leader, Brady mentioned that game as the one that spurred them on: “It was what Killoe done to us in the first game that made us grit our teeth. We were delighted to have got the win over them in the quarter-final because they are a great team. We are delighted to be back and winning the title again this year. We are so happy to have the Connolly Cup back again in Slashers.”
Brady was immense for his side in their win and deserved the man of the match award. Modest as ever he was quick to mention that it was about the team: “It is a real team effort, not about one individual. That’s the way it is. It’s about the team.”
In the end there was two points in it and the defender believes that Peter Foy’s goal in the 10th minute was an important score for them: “Peter’s goal was crucial at the time and as they say goals win games. Peter and Marc (Diffley) have been a huge addition for us. We’ve had a lot of injuries this year. It’s down to the panel at the end of the day.”
This year was about winning back the Connolly Cup. Brady was delighted with what the players achieved in claiming the win; their third title in four years: “It’s a fine achievement alright. We have trained hard all year. It’s about winning matches and getting our hands back on the Connolly Cup again.”
Brady, like his team-mate Niall Mulligan, was full of praise for manager Denis Connerton. He’s hoping Connerton will be at the helm again next year: “We are delighted to have him in Slashers. He always gets the best out of us. Since he came in we’ve got a few title wins and we are delighted he’s with us. We are hoping he’ll stay again next year.”