Reflecting on his team’s heavy defeat and
disappointing performance, team manager Tony Gleeson, saw it exactly for what it was but preferred to dwell on what the High School could take from the experience for the future rather than just the scoreline.
“No doubt, we came up against a really great team on Saturday,” he said “and at no stage of the game were we allowed to play like we did in the semi-final against Rochestown.”
“Conceding those two goals at the start left us with a huge mountain to climb and we certainly didn’t want that. We were hoping we could hold them for the first 10-15 minutes, even to five or six points, and stay in the game. But the two goals were killers. They gave St. Brendan’s a huge boost in confidence and allowed them to go and play the type of expansive football that they love to play.”
Tony added “Killarney are an exceptional team who were running up cricket scores in their earlier rounds. I spoke to their manager afterwards and he told me about the fitness and training regime they adhere to, how hard they train, their strength and conditioning work and that we met them at their absolute peak condition. They were aware of us since our game last year, they respected us and they prepared accordingly for that.”
Tony went on to say “we couldn’t control midfield at any stage and as a result our attack was starved all day and our defence was under constant pressure. And then, their start to the second half was exceptional. They kicked eight points, not one miss, inside 16 minutes, some unbelievably good scores included and from distances. The play and workrate from their wing-forwards was exceptional throughout, moving at serious pace and that caused us immense difficulties.”
“We did have one great chance of a goal in the first half and perhaps we were a little casual in the finish but they were very solid in defence also.”
Tony finished by adding. “It was a hard lesson for us but we know we were beaten by a much better team on the day. But the High School must learn from this experience. We now know the level we have to reach in terms of training, fitness, strength and conditioning work and we must start now if we are to compete at this level in coming years. But overall it has been a great year to get to a Corn Uí Mhuirí final and it is a slow-rising boat all over with Tipperary football - and the High School are part of it - but we are definitely going in the right direction. They say ‘you have to lose one to win one,’ and maybe you do, but we will learn from this experience and we will be back,” concluded Tony.