Kerry star knew that if her side got chances for goals they’d likely take them
Days like this don’t come around too often. When they do, they must be savoured. Embraced. Celebrated.
Especially so when a win is fashioned in such a dramatic fashion, striking back in the third quarter to power to a second county title in succession for an up-and-coming club.
Firies captain Emma Costello was in jubilant form at the end of what she described as “a great win”.
"Cromane, the last few times we’ve met, have come out on top so we knew that we’d have our work cut out today,” she commented.
"Just before half-time they’d two good chances, one saved and one just went narrowly wide so we were just lucky they didn’t capitalise on those and we just knew that if we did get the chance in front of goal we were fairly nippy in front of goals. We knew that if we had the chances, we could take them if we got the opportunity.
“We had a lull definitely in the second quarter, the second half of the first half. That often happens to us. We’re definitely more of a second half team notoriously!
"We kind of knew ourselves at half-time, we were fairly calm that there was another gear in us. There was no kind of massive nerves, we knew there was another gear in us basically that if we got it going again.”
The quality of the game itself was really good, with a high tempo maintained throughout, even if it got a little scrappier in the second half.
“What it is, is that there's such pace to it I think,” Costello noted.
"Good physicality, but on the right side of it. He [the referee, Mike Hennessy] kind of let the game go and we were all allowed put in a bit more definitely on the physical side. It’s good to be able to get that extra bit, whereas sometimes you might not be able to get that leeway, definitely it's the pace and the accuracy.
"There was some great points kicked by both teams. We were Junior B last year so it’s a massive jump even that one level.”
Firies certainly are moving up the levels with two title triumphs in as many seasons and the Kerry star knows full well the significance of Sunday's success.
“It’s huge,” he said.
"This is history for Firies. We’ll be intermediate, we had won a Junior B before a few years ago and last year obviously, but this is the first time now we're in Junior A competitively and first time we’ll be in Intermediate so it's huge for such a small club and a small area.
“It’s a huge honour to lead those girls. I’m twice the age of some of them!”