O’Loughlin heaps praise on Kilmallock after Limerick champion’s epic win

Jerome O’Connell

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Jerome O’Connell

Kilmallock manager Ger O'Loughlin
KILMALLOCK manager Ger ‘Sparrow’ O’Loughlin has lauded his players for responding to the battle cry to “stand up and be counted”.

KILMALLOCK manager Ger ‘Sparrow’ O’Loughlin has lauded his players for responding to the battle cry to “stand up and be counted”.

O’Loughlin’s Kilmallock booked their spot in the November 23 Munster club SHC final against Cratloe with a stunning extra time 3-22 to 3-20 win over Sarsfields of Cork on Sunday.

But Kilmallock had to battle back from 2-4 to 1-6 in arrears after playing with the wind in the opening 30-minutes.

“At half-time I said to them, ‘ye have a choice, ye can throw in the towel, we’ll shake hands and we’re gone, or ye can stand up and be counted’. And they responded. We couldn’t have asked for any more,” explained the former Clare manager.

Kilmallock now play Clare star-studded champions Cratloe in the Munster club SHC final on November 23.

It is understood the club’s have an option to toss for the Gaelic Grounds or Cusack Park in Ennis and barring this agreement it would appear Thurles will be the final venue.

“They are going to be so hard to beat but the one thing I will say about our lads is that they are not going to lie down - they go out and give it everything and we will hope to have our homework done to beat Cratloe,” said O’Loughlin.

“I thought both teams gave it so much that if we had been beaten by a point or two that we would have to take that on the chin because Sars at times looked like they were going to push on and then we managed to get back into it and maybe threw it away at full time,” he said.

“I think what won it out for us is that we got a couple of breaks towards the end. They ran themselves into the ground and there will be no problem sleeping tonight.”

He added: “Great credit to the club here that they had the pitch in such great nick - there’s been a huge amount of rain here in the last week so it was fantastic”.