Commercials manager Philly Ryan has no doubt that this group of young talented players will play on the Munster club championship stage again. Speaking after his team had been defeated by Dr. Crokes in the Munster club championship semi final, the former goalie said the players performed well and had shown the potential that was there.
Asked about the absentees from Killarney, Ryan said any team would need every player available coming down to Kerry but that they had a big panel and they were not going to use those losses as an excuse for what happened.
“Fate was not good to us this week. We knew some lads were out and we lost others, coming down to Kerry you need everyone,” said Ryan.
The manager said he was very proud of the team and how they went about the job of taking on Crokes.
“We are all very proud of them. We know it’s a learning process for this very young team and they will be back on this stage and will be competing well,” insisted the manager.
Ryan said that nobody had given up at half time when they went in eights points down.
“We felt we could make a game of it. They had a strong wind in the first half and we wanted to cut out our mistakes and play ball,” he said.
He felt they needed a goal and at one stage an opportunity arose when Richie Carroll opted to go for a point rather than test the goalie.
“We did not panic when we were eight down. We needed a goal and if we had taken that chance there would only have been three or four in it at that stage in the second half,” he added.
He described Crokes as one of the best teams in the country and said their goal was well worked and worthy of finishing off the game.
“Conditions were as bad for both sides. We never wanted to come down here and try and defend,we wanted to play and open up and we did that. We showed what we can do and there is great potential there,” he said.