Cappamore enjoy busy spell of winter hurling

CAPPAMORE are preparing for hurling finals on successive weekends after securing a place in the Munster junior decider last weekend.

CAPPAMORE are preparing for hurling finals on successive weekends after securing a place in the Munster junior decider last weekend.

This Saturday, they replay the Limerick junior A hurling final for a second time after the previous encounters were severely affected by weather conditions.

And manager Daniel O’Donnell is keen to stress that his men will be fully focused on their showdown with Kilmallock.

“It’s full steam ahead for us. We’re ready to go. Our aim at the start of the year was to get to the county final and now our aim is to win it.

“Obviously the Munster final is new ground for everyone involved in the club, but all of our focus at the moment is on 2pm Saturday,” he said.

The first tie, on November 19, was abandoned shortly before half-time with Cappamore leading after heavy fog engulfed the pitch and made visibility virtually impossible.

Driving wind and rain resulted in a low-scoring replay last week, with the score finishing 0-7 apiece.

O’Donnell admitted his side found it tough, but was pleased with how his side fought back to claim the draw.

“There was serious wind and rain there, but we battled well. I think only being four points down at half-time was respectable, given the wind we were playing in to.

“Saying that, we had the chances to win it, as did Kilmallock, but we were happy with the draw.”

It looked as if Kilmallock had learned from the first game with a dominant display in the replay, before a late fightback ensured Cappamore lived to fight another day in the junior A championship.

Kilmallock boss TJ Moloney was left wondering what might have been after seeing his side squander a five-point lead.

“I thought we had it. We’re happy enough though, we’ve another bite at the cherry.

“We’re hoping playing in the day will suit us better than playing at night,” said Moloney.

A Munster final against Charleville follows for Cappamore on December 11. Kilmallock have both a senior and a junior hurling side, meaning they were not permitted to contest in Munster.

An impressive display against Waterford champions Ballinameela, running out 3-10 to 2-6 winners secured a place in the final for Cappamore.

“We went down to show the supporters we can hurl, because we were bitterly disappointed with our display against Kilmallock. We got a great start and I was happy we were able to put on a show,” said O’Donnell.