Saturday 24 March 2018

Dingle manager Fitzmaurice turns his attention to Hogan Cup semi-final

Jason O'Connor

AFTER taking a water soaking from his players and leaving the loud celebrations from the dressing room behind him, Eamonn Fitzmaurice reflected on a historic third consecutive Corn Uí Mhuirí success for Pobalscoil Chorcha Dhuibhne in their short seven year history.

"Great credit must go to the West Kerry clubs for this success. They've put the work into these players all the way up, Dingle and An Ghaeltacht in particular, while Lispole are feeding into us as well so we're really just continuing on that work with them," the Pobalscoil manager said.

Fitzmaurice wasn't too bothered by the initial defensive set-up of Macroom.

"It's something we've faced a number of times this year, we came up against it twice when we faced Chriost Rí, so the lads are well used to it at this stage. We were in control for the most part, even if it did get a bit closer than we would have liked near the end but Cathal's third goal put a nice gloss on it at the finish," he felt.

The focus is quickly turning to the end of the month for Pobalscoil and there is a massive desire to finally get it right in a Hogan Cup semi-final according to Fitzmaurice.

"We're been very disappointed to lose at this stage in the last two years. A good share of the lads were involved in last year's game while you still have some of the 2012 team involved as well.

"I suppose the one thing we'll take from today's performance is that we have things to work on before the semi-final.

"Last year we gave practically a perfect performance against The Sem and it was hard in a way to get the lads right for the semi-final having played so well that day. Our ambition in the first instance is just to get to Croke Park for the final and see where things take us from there."