Charleville manager, John Moloney, has insisted that his side will dust themselves down and “go again” as they prepare for the Cork senior hurling championship.
The North Cork side coughed up a six-point half-time lead to lose the AIB All Ireland Intermediate final to Oranmore Maree in Croke Park yesterday.
Despite a goal from Andrew Cagney and 10-points from the stick of Darragh Fitzgibbon, Oranmore produced an incredible second-half comeback, aided by two Charleville red cards and a penalty which was scored by Galway’s Niall Burke.
Moloney insisted that the dismissals of Cathal Carroll and Jack Doyle were not to blame for their second-half collapse.
“We thought at half-time we were in a fairly good position but we said we’d still have to drive on and get the first couple of scores in the second half and it seemed to be that they got the few scores.
“The sending-offs went against us again but as we said in the dressing room, there’s no fella that’s going to be blamed for anything.
We came in together and we’ll go home together, we’ll blame no one. Just on the day, things didn’t pan out.”
Though Moloney was naturally disappointed by the loss, he maintained that his side achieved what they had set out to at the start of the year; obtaining senior status in Cork.
Charleville will face Erin’s Own/Ballymartle in round 1 of the Cork senior hurling championship in April and the team will now turn their attention to that fixture, according to Moloney.
“If we were told at the start of the year that we’d be up senior hurling, that’s what we wanted and I suppose we won the Munster and that was a bonus as well. Today would have been the icing on the cake but it didn’t happen.
“But look, we’re happy with our year until today. We wanted to be senior and we got up there.”
“We have our club social now on Friday night. I suppose it’s a bit near to be thinking about it but we’ll go on and have it anyway and we’ll give the boys a week or two off before we get going again for the senior championship.
“We’ll dust ourselves down and get going again.”