After such an incredible game, with so many talking points, heroic performances, breathtaking scores, high drama, decisions made by players, the referee and Hawkeye to debate, that had the 82,179 enthralled spectators in Croke Park riding a roller coaster of emotions the expectation was that Eamon O’Shea would take a considerable length of time to sift through it all.
As the assembled media gathered in the press zone after the game Eamon O’Shea entered and invited the first question. For a manager who embraces the post match analysis with such vigour the Galway based economics professor took under eight minutes to deliver his verdict. It was brief, to the point and no attempt was made to embellish his answers as has been the case throughout the entire campaign.
The manager had much more to say after facile qualifier victories earlier this year than on this incredible contest that O’Shea could easily have taken hours to dissect.
Maybe it was just sheer exhaustion that held him back. He had spent himself on the sideline, trying to guide his charges through an epic battle with our greatest hurling foes and he was visibly drained after the experience.
“I feel I was a participant in a brilliant game. Of course you feel drained, you try to win the game right to the end.
“I just felt the occasion, in terms of the game I don’t know what it looked like when you’re dispassionate, but when you’re on the line it was one of those games, like 2009 when you felt it was good to be there.”
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