Cronin gracious in defeat to Grenagh
AGHABULLOGUE boss Cathal Cronin was very gracious in defeat, conceding that Grenagh were clearly the better team on the day
"We can have no complaints, because the lads never really got to grips with the game, and Grenagh were physically stronger than us. When they put in the hits, we spilled a lot of bad ball, and we just couldn't get our running game going, as we did in the semi final against Glanworth.
"We played very well that day, but maybe part of the reason why we didn't reach similar heights today was because the occasion got to the lads. They are only young fellas, and I'm in no doubt they will learn from this, but it's just a pity that we didn't run Grenagh a bit closer," he remarked.
Cronin felt his players looked particularly nervous early on, and that the pattern for the game was set in the first ten minutes.
"We fumbled a lot of ball, and we couldn't get it out of our own half and into John Corkery, because our handling was so poor. I thought we might kick on after we scored two points on the trot which left us just one behind midway through the second half, but Grenagh showed their experience to regain the initiative, although you couldn't fault our lads in terms of commitment.
"The bottom line is that we came up against a very forceful team with big strong men all over the pitch like Gerry Russell and Tom Kenny, who are as good as any midfielders in the county, and the Dorgans.
"As well as that, they were able to bring on John Russell, who is another powerful player and who made a huge difference at full-forward in the second half. We just couldn't deal with Grenagh's physicality and experience today, but as I've said, this is a very young Aghabullogue side, we have had a good year in qualifying for a county final, and I'd be optimistic about the future."