Kanturk manager Tom Walsh had every right to be satisfied with his day’s work as he surveyed the latest addition to the club’s roll of honour.
“It’s been a long road, a lot of up and downs along the way, to win a county makes it a special day for all involved whether its the players, management, supporters in the stand and those at home who have put in so much work into these young players.
"Today they can sit back and be proud of their work, we're a small club and everybody can be proud of the achievements,” he said.
Kanturk availed of a whirlwind start, a replica of the opening against Newcestown only for their opponents to be game and committed. Indeed, Fr O’Neills weren’t the least bit intimidated by the task that laid ahead and bagged two goals in quick succession.
“Let’s face it, Fr O'Neills are a very good team and they were always going to come into the game once they had settled. Once they got the goals, it was a real humdinger right up to the last quarter, our estimation was nothing more than a point or two would separate the sides”, said Tom.
“It was a concern to concede the two goals, the only goals conceded in the championship for we had kept a clean sheet up to the final. However, that didn't shake our confidence, credit to our 'keeper Grantis Bucinskas, filling the boots of the great Anthony Nash, thanks are due to Donagh Duane and John Hartnett for the work and endless hours put in to allow Grantis come up to the standard required for today's final, nothing shakes him and he is equally as good in football,” said Tom.
Of course, Kanturk made a telling impact in terms of goals with Tom Walsh proud of nephew Colin on netting a hat-trick.
“Colin is a massive athlete, holding physique and pace, when he takes the ball on, he takes some stopping,” he said.
To win a County Senior A Championship title confirms a major statement on Kanturk’s rise in prominence helped by a significant input from established names.
“When the work is done, anything is possible, the involvement of Anthony Nash, Loran McLoughlin and Aidan [Walsh] with Cork teams gave the younger generation confidence. They set the tempo and the example on how to prepare on and off the field, also demanding the management to secure good coaches , that helped raise the standard within the club,” said Tom Walsh.
Of course, Kanturk completed the first leg of a possible double, the next assignment is a meeting against Newmarket in the County Premier IFC Final.
“To win any county deserves a celebration for a couple of days, then it will be all about focusing on the County Football Final against Newmarket. Thankfully, there is a two week lead in time, its a difficult challenge that will take another massive effort,” said Tom.