We'll be even stronger next year – Tim Burke
Published 07/11/2013 | 05:26
KANTURK manager Tim Burke felt the disappointment of losing last year's final was the platform upon which their resounding win was built last Sunday.
"It was never going to be easy to get back to a final, and we had a few close shaves along the way, but I always felt the bitter experience the lads endured last year against Kilworth would stand to us today.
"They didn't want to go through something like that again, and their determination was obvious from the throw-in," he remarked.
Burke accepted that Éire Óg never completely recovered after falling 1-5 behind during the first ten minutes, adding that Kanturk's good start set the pattern for the entire game.
"We intended to come with all guns blazing, but we didn't expect to have it so easy in the early stages. I don't know whether the occasion got to Éire Óg or not, but they just didn't perform at all in the first half, particularly in the first ten minutes.
"I said to the lads at half-time that they were bound to come at us in the second half, which they did for a while, but we stood up well when the pressure came on, and we picked it up again to pull clear before Aidan (Walsh) got our second goal to kill off the game.
"I suppose everything went very much according to plan for us, although we did miss a few goal chances in the first half, and we probably should have won by more.
"We took the foot off the pedal a small bit at times in the second half, but we took most of the chances that came our way, in contrast to last year when we couldn't buy a score in the second half, and finished up with 18 wides."
Burke felt it was close to a perfect performance from his charges, adding that Lorcan McLoughlin was absolutely superb at midfield.
"Lorcan certainly brought his A-game with him today, but we were strong throughout the field, and, and I've said, the fact that we started so well was a huge thing. It gave everyone a big lift, and you could see the confidence growing after Alan (O'Keeffe) got the goal that put us eight points up.
"I'm delighted for the lads and obviously to win our first intermediate hurling title means a massive amount to the club."
Burke is aware that playing in the premier grade is going to be a big step up, but he believes Kanturk will be even stronger in 2014.
"We have some very good young fellas coming through, and we were missing two regulars today in Ian Walsh, who is a big player for the future, and John Healy, who did his cruciate in the semi-final against Fermoy.
"So, I'm satisfied we can be force in premier ranks and we are looking ahead to next year with optimism."