Sunday’s county title success was a first in this grade for Rockwell Rovers. They did win a County Junior ‘A’ title back in 2005 but more recently in 2011 lost a County Junior ‘B’ final to Clonmel Commercials by a hard-to-swallow single point.
Team captain, Dermot O’Brien, in accepting the county silverware, praised the management team of Donal Moloney, Kieran Durkan, Gerry Ryan, Mickey Fahey and Alan Moloney for their influence and efforts over the year.
“The commitment the team gave over the last few weeks was very good and that’s what pulled us through today.”
He went on to say: “This is a brilliant moment for our club and hopefully it will be a stepping stone for the younger guys to move on next year.”
Team manager Donal Moloney speaking after the game said that the win “means everything to the club. We have been there or there about at intermediate level, and still there, for the last seven or eight years and we’ve been pipped at the post on numerous occasions. Three years ago we lost by a point to Commercials in a county final. It means everything to us especially the way things are going, losing lads with injuries, and a lot of lads emigrating.”
“It is a struggle with numbers the whole time but fair play to the lads they never seem to throw in the towel on the club.”
“We have had a lot of injuries too including young Eoin Ryan, an automatic choice on the intermediate team, who broke his leg at the beginning of the year.
Donal acknowledged it was a close-run final for the most of the game and felt it only began to swing his side’s way “when James Heffernan got the point from the corner flag - that was the winning of the game for us.”
“The man sent off worked out better for us - it gave us more room for our midfielders to carry the ball forward into attack.”
Mayo native Kieran Durkan was very excited by the outcome and heaped much well deserved praise on his charges also. “Fair play to the boys - it has been a long year going since March/April.”
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