County Finals often come down to the tiny margins in determining the winners and losers, Cooraclare manager Ger Lawlor looks back with regret on their missed chances that proved costly in their four point defeat to St Josephs Miltown.
A gutted Ger Lawlor pinpoints two frees that Cooraclare failed to convert in the second half as a defining moment in the game. “We missed a couple of chances there, we missed two frees one after the other, that was a killer for us, if we got ahead at all at that stage we had a chance. You just can’t afford to miss them”.
As he reflected on their year in the aftermath of the defeat, Lawlor rued the fact that they were missing a bit of luck on the day which had served them well in previous encounters, while agreeing that their missed chances took the wind out of their sails.
He told The Clare Herald “It did of course. You just missed them chances the other team are always going to get an opportunity and they did and they took them, that’s the way. We rode our look a small bit during the year we got the scores but we just didn’t get them today, that’s the way it goes”.
With the sides level on thirty five minutes after Cooraclare clawed their way back from a three point deficit, Ger was liking their chances but missed frees from Rory Donnelly and Joe Downes that would have put the Milesians ahead for the first time in the game but instead saw Miltown reclaim the lead are referenced by the former Laois footballer.
“We came back into it well, we outscored them I’d say in the first half then. Just after half-time we got the two points and it looked like we’d drive it on but them two frees were killers”.
Overall Lawlor felt Miltown were the better team aided by a greater physicality. “They were a little bit light I suppose, they were pushed off the ball but they’re young and their day will come, it’s very disappointing for the lads, they’re great lads, a great credit to their club but I have to take my hat off to Miltown, they were probably the better team so we can have no complaints”.
Five players that featured for Cooraclare won a Minor A Championship with the club less than a month ago. Ger stresses the importance of holding onto these young players but he is confident that this will happen.
“They were a little bit light I suppose, they were pushed off the ball but they’re young and their day will come, it’s very disappointing for the lads, they’re great lads, a great credit to their club but I have to take my hat off to Miltown, they were probably the better team so we can have no complaints” the three-time County Championship winning manager with Monaleen concluded.
In his winning speech, Miltown captain, Brian Curtin stated that Cooraclare are good enough to claim the top prize in Clare football. That is true but this defeat will be the making or breaking of the Milesians’ Senior team. Time will tell which bracket they fall into.