Friday 23 March 2018

Kanturk's desire is to drive on following divisional triumph

John Tarrant

KANTURK found their crock of gold at the end of the rainbow that hung over Dromtariffe at the end of the Duhallow JAFC Final.

Team coach Padraig Kerins expressed delight on his team closing out the game against Rockchapel to repeat the glory of 2009 against the same opposition. Contesting their third consecutive decider, Kanturk had relinquished their hold of the trophy to Lyre last season.

"Its a good feeling, disappointed against Lyre twelve months ago but we worked harder to get this win over a battling Rockchapel", he said.

The greasy surface and heavy showers made for a dour struggle yet the uncertainty of the outcome compensated matters to a certain degree for a big attendance.

"From a real game of attrition, this was a team game, from 1 to 15, everybody worked hard, especially the forward division. At half time, we were happy to be level on playing against the elements though it took a time to get the subsequent upperhand. But the more the game continued, Rockchapel appeared to tire and our fitness told during the closing ten minutes", he said.

The campaign was somewhat of a rollercoaster for Kanturk, a sluggish opening saw Kanturk outdone by Rockchapel in round 1 and they were somewhat fortunate to get past Boherbue next time out.

"Had Boherbue taken their chances, we would be out of the championship and looking in on the final today. However, we overcame adversary in that game to get through in extra time, got down to proper preparation and moved on in an imposing fashion to better some fine teams", he said.

Enroute, Kanturk answered many of the questions asked of them on delivering a strong statement of intent to better Dromtariffe, Boherbue for the second time, Knocknagree and Rockchapel. And the Kanturk manager was impressed by Rockchapel's desire.

"Similar to 2009, Rockchapel really put it up to us. They were a well prepared side under Seán Cullouty and their day will come sooner rather than later", he said.

Looking ahead, Kerins is keen to focus on to a county series and an initial date against the Imokilly representatives yet to be determined.

"Its one game at a time in a tough and long campaign and whoever the opposition, hopefully, we can drive onto the next stage", he said.