Tom proud despite defeat

Not many had given his Gortletteragh team a chance in last Saturday’s Intermediate Championship final with Melvin Gaels but speaking shortly after the full-time whistle manager Tom Crowe remained incredibly proud of his players but also disappointed with the losing margin which fails to reflect the part Gortletteragh played in the game.

Not many had given his Gortletteragh team a chance in last Saturday’s Intermediate Championship final with Melvin Gaels but speaking shortly after the full-time whistle manager Tom Crowe remained incredibly proud of his players but also disappointed with the losing margin which fails to reflect the part Gortletteragh played in the game.

By Philip Rooney

“The scoreboard isn’t a fair reflection on the game, looking up at it, nine points but we were in the game with 15 minutes to go,” said Tom who attempt to assess where it wrong for his side.

Some refereeing decisions left Tom frustrated but he was just as quick to highlight the significance of Darren Duignan missing a golden opportunity 13 seconds into the second half.

“I have to say I thought a couple of refereeing decisions turned the game for us. We’re not going to blame the referee fully, Darren had a great chance at the start of the second half for a goal and these things come back to haunt you.”

Reflecting on the game, Tom acknowledged he could not fault any of his players for their efforts but felt there was one key difference between the players. “We did what we wanted to do and that was leave every drop of sweat on the field and they did that, there’s no doubt about that.

“The lads opened up, played good open football and closed them down as best they could but Emlyn Mulligan was probably the difference. That bit of class, he got those few points to widen the gap at the end.

“I’m disappointed with the final score because it’s not a fair reflection of how the lads played. They really did the parish proud this evening and as manager of the team I’m terribly proud of every one of them for the effort they gave all year and especially the effort today.”

To read the full story see this week’ Leitrim Observer.