Cluainin keeper Karl McDermott keeps his eye on the sliothar as he saves Carrick's penalty last Sunday. Photo by James Molloy
A delighted Terry McManus praised not only his Cluainin team who won the Leitrim Senior Hurling Championship title on Sunday but opponents Carrick-on-Shannon.
Cluainin regained the Stephen Dorrigan Memorial Cup last Sunday when they upset favourites Carrick-on-Shannon 0-14 to 1-6 and will represent Leitrim next Monday in the Connacht Hurling Junior Club Championship next Bank Holiday Monday in Pairc Sean Mac Diarmada.
Terry was quick to praise his players and had a word for the losing camp too - “The players are just a fantastic group of lads. I just have to mention Carrick as well, I just thought it was a fantastic game, I couldn’t say anything else.
“It was just two teams throwing everything at each other. Both sides are a credit to our clubs but I’m very happy for our men to win it.”
Terry also highlighted the role of keeper Karl McDermott in Cluainin’s victory after he saved a penalty - “One of the things we tried to do is build our team strong from the back. Karl McDermott would be known as a very strong forward so we made a decision to put him in goals and it paid off.
“He saved a penalty and it was the turning point in the game, it gave us a foot in the game. If the penalty had gone in, it would have been a very tense finish.”
SEE THIS WEEK’S LEITRIM OBSERVER FOR REPORT & MORE REACTION FROM LAST SUNDAY’S LEITRIM SENIOR HURLING CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL.