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Ger Slattery disappointed but proud of his team’s effort

LIKE all sporting finals there are winners and losers and it was St Munchin’s turn to sample the bitter taste of defeat today in Cork. Rockwell deserved their victory but the 11 point winning margin could have been considerably less if the Corbally side had avoided a few crucial errors.
‘Munchin’s head coach Ger Slattery had high praise for his squad after the game and held high hopes that they will prove themselves at a higher grade.
“It has been a fantastic year. From the start these lads were determined to work hand and they put in a huge effort. Anything you asked them to do, they did it and I am extremely proud of them. It was just unfortunate for them today that they made a few little mistakes which cost us and Rockwell were the better team on the day.”
Unlike their performances against CBC and Castletroy College, this time St Munchin’s had to rely on their defensive work to keep in the game. It was an aspect of the tie that Ger Slattery agreed with: “Any time we made a mistake it seemed to be followed by another mistake by us and that killed us. If you make a mistake in your own half you end up in your own 22 and at junior level it is very tough to get out. I was delighted with the lads when we had the ball because we played some great rugby and they struggled to deal with us but, unfortunately, today we just did not have enough ball.
“There were a few small margins there, some days you get them, some days you don’t but today was not our day.”
So can this St Munchin’s squad develop into a senior squad that can compete for a senior title, we asked: “I am confident that all this squad will go on to play senior cup. They are a young side, some times you learn more from your losses than you do from your successes so I told them to learn from this experience and take the positives from today’s final defeat.”

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