DROMCOLLOGHER-Broadford winning manager Mike Fahy has praised his side’s refusal to panic as a key ingredient in their latest Limerick SFC win.
Twice his side were tested by Monaleen in Sunday’s final and they responded on each occasion.
Firstly, Monaleen raced from the traps with an early goal and held the lead against the wind as Drom-Broadford misfired in front of goal for long stages.
But when the champions looked destined for an easy win, Monaleen came with a late charge.
But again the winner stood firm.
“We are delighted - we knew this was going to be close and that there wouldn’t be anything in it,” said the winning manager.
“At one stage in the second half we went a few points clear and looked like we might pull away but in fairness to Monaleen they came back and made it very tight,” he recalled.
“I was worried for the first 15-minutes because we had a lot of chances and missed them and sometimes it happens that if you miss a couple of chances and there other teams goes up and scores, you can start to feel it’s not your day,” he revealed.
“In fairness to the lads they inched their way back into it and got back into the game.”
They led 1-4 to 1-1 at half time but had played with the wind.
“We were content in that we had played well enough but we knew our finishing wasn’t great but at least we were making the chances.”
He continued: “we had to come out against the wind in the second half and there was a huge effort needed and we knew that but at least we had made a lot of chances in the first half - we conceded one or two points at that stage but then got on top again in midfield.”
The winner’s defence stood strong.
“We knew they were going to come with a purple patch at some stage but the defence played very well,” said Fahy.
“They don’t panic - even look back at last year’s final,” he said of his players.
“This is credit to the players - they are fantastic. There are six or seven of them there for all the wins.”