DROMTARRIFFE manager John Howard reminded his side of their capabilities after surviving a stern test from Millstreet to retain their Duhallow JAHC title.
Apart from divisional silverware on accepting the splendid John Joe Brosnan Memorial Cup, Dromtarriffe got their county championship aspirations back on track following a narrow defeat to Lisgoold in the delayed 2020 county semi-final.
“It’s not an easy task to motivate the side after a county semi-final loss. We felt we left the job behind us earlier in the summer. To get back into a county, we had to win Duhallow again and sure it came to pass,” said Howard.
“It was a hard road but we achieved our initial objective, you get one chance at a county, for us, its important to try and get there, for the seasons roll on and they may not be too many opportunities," he said.
For most neutrals, Dromtarriffe justified favouritism to retain a divisional crown, at the end of the hour, contesting a third final and winning all three confirmed a side whose touch was much better and when required, the champions hurled with a fury that wore down their rivals.
“We don’t fancy the favourites tag, prefer to be underdogs but that goes with the territory after out wins over recent seasons. Early on both sides threw the kitchen sink at it, Millstreet possessed a very good team, everybody is aware of the threat of Mark Ellis, Michael Vaughan and company but they passed up a number of chances including frees,” said Howard.
“Fortunately Dromtarriffe hold a balanced side, every day, somebody comes up trumps, today Brandon Murphy had a terrific game, a great prospect, again, he followed up on recent outings to net a goal,” he said.
Dromtarriffe weathered a spurt from Millstreet in the opening quarter and enjoyed a productive run up to the break though the manager was worried about danger that subsequently surfaced.
“At half time, leading by three points, we felt comfortable with the breeze in our favour for the second half. Of course, the wind doesn’t win games and though extending out grip, we proceeded to get a little lax, hanging around and it allowed Millstreet grab a goal,” he said.
“In fairness, Dromtarriffe recovered well and tagged on scores including a goal from Daniel O’Keeffe. That’s the quality of our side, we won’t be beaten too easily and never give up.”
Dual involvement sees Dromtarriffe right in the thick of the action with football commanding attention this weekend before hurling returns.
“It’s one step at the time, we gathered our thoughts following the defeat to Lisgoold. We got on from that encounter, its all about only the next game and so it came to pass on each outing towards retaining the Duhallow championship, the same applies to the next assignment on facing up to Ballinora,” said Howard.