DEVASTATED and rightly so for Millstreet on a defeat to Rockchapel in a cracking Duhallow Junior A Fooball Championship Final in Newmarket last Sunday.
Bravery wasn't enough to save Millstreet from bowing out, offering a performance full of endeavour and some neat football yet Rockchapel were ahead in terms of experience and sharper finishing.
Rockchapel came with big credentials and the warm favourites tag to succeed but a young Millstreet team were utterly determined to prove that they are a side on the rise. And in the presence of a huge attendance, Millstreet supporters felt their side had enough of the play and the chances to have at least avoided defeat. Indeed the loss was a cruel reward for a courageous performance for an unexperienced Millstreet team
who gave as good as they got to a game that ebbed and flowed.
Level five times in the opening half, the pendulum swung from one end of the field to the other with one team and then the other threatening to grab a hold of the contest. Coming up to the break, Millstreet saw the initiative wrestled from their grasp to trail 1-7 to 0-8.
Upon the resumption, a rising Millstreet tide held dominance for a major portion of play but a glut of scoring opportunities went abegging. Still Millstreet were not for giving up though a more accomplished Rockchapel proceeded to tack on key points and weather a late Millstreet onslaught. All credit to Rockchapel, wished well in their initial assignment in the county championship campaign next week.
Football fever really gripped Millstreet in the lead up to the decider with plenty of colour adorning the town and catchment areas. Hopes spring eternal that a hugely encouraging performance can lay the foundation for success down the road.
Well done to the panel of players and team management of Kieran Creed, Brendan Hickey and James Cronin for the many hours of enjoyment they served up over recent weeks.
Attention now turns to a minor hurling team contesting an upcoming county final.