Sunday 19 August 2018

Moran not dwelling on All-Ireland final wide

Waterford's Kevin Moran. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Waterford's Kevin Moran. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile Sportsdesk

Kevin Moran is adamant he won't dwell on the point opportunity he had to put Waterford two points up in the All-Ireland final at a crucial time in the second half.

Waterford were leading by 2-12 to 0-17 in the 48th minute when Moran's shot drifted wide. Galway scored the next four points to lead by three and while Waterford did close again, that sequence was seen as a defining one in the overall context of the game.

"I was going to take him (opponent) on. Derek (McGrath) would tell us quite a bit about how important game management is and that sometimes a point can nearly be better than a goal at a stage of the game.

"Poor execution on my part but you would drive yourself mad. Every player made mistakes on the day out there, I'm sure. Hindsight is a great thing. It might have set us up for the last 20 minutes but Galway came with a push then and we found it hard to claw our way back in after that.

"I just got the execution wrong. I'm not going to dwell on it too much because I don't want that to reflect the whole year.

"You just have to put it to one side for the time being and maybe come back and analyse it. You have to get back to the club and enjoy it. Take a bit of time off. Recharge the batteries and start again. It is disappointing but there are lots of fond memories out there as well."

Moran and McGrath share the same school corridors as teachers in De La Salle in Waterford city but in the two-and-a-half weeks since their defeat they have not had a frank conversation about the game or the manager's future.

"I've seen him out and about in the school and things like but, straight up, I wouldn't talk to him about that. Everyone wants their space. We would talk about everything else, hurling or the club or things like that. I'm sure he's the same as we all are, if not more so.

"It's very raw for him, I'm sure. We just have to give him time and space to clear his head. There's plenty of time."

Moran feels Waterford did a lot right this year and can build on their success in reaching the final.

"I think we did a lot right this year, but if we want to go that extra step, we are going to have to improve. Maybe the wides we are hitting at times during games should be looked at, Galway have improved on that in the last number of years. That is something that we could practice.

He says the feeling is "completely different" from his previous final defeat in 2008.

"That was embarrassing to be straight up. Your head was down. It was the worst six weeks ever. I think there's a lot more pride I suppose associated with the team."

He hopes the latest experience can stand to them. "Everyone says that. We (De La Salle) lost a county final in 2005 and everyone said, 'oh it will make you, losing a county final'. But we didn't get back there for another five years.

"It's a whole new generation of players then. The team out there, the 33 players that were here two weeks ago, that'll probably change. It's never the same players that are there. Hopefully the bulk will be there and the experience can only stand to us. But the big thing is getting back there."


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