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Thursday 18 September 2014

Park's Naughton has no qualms with the result

Published 05/12/2012 | 09:36

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THE manager of The Park side Tommy Naughtin said after the game that he had no complaint about the result and Pike Rovers were deserving winners.

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"We knew going into the game that we were up against it and we have to put our hands up and accept that Pike were the better team on the day. It was always going to be tough when we went two goals down but the lads had a great spell in the last 15 minutes of the first half and if we had nicked a goal it could have given us a chance to get back into the game.

"I told the lads to hang in there at half time but once Pike got the third goal there was no way back. Fergal Maunsell was having a good game at midfield but when he had to retire injured he was a huge loss.

"While we were disappointed to lose the final the team kept going right up to the final whistle and they could not be faulted for lack of effort. When you meet Limerick sides it is hard to defeat them as they have players of a high calibre to choose from."

The Tralee side won't have much time to recover from Sunday's defeat as next Sunday they play Dublin side Kingswood FC in the last 64 of the FAI Junior Cup at Christy Leahy Park on Sunday at 2pm.

They will be without Fergal Maunsell as he will not have recovered from an injury he sustained last Saturday.

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