HAVING analysed Clogher Valley’s failed bid to win the All Ireland Junior Cup for the first time in the club’s history, club coach Glen Kyle admitted his team had made mistakes and lacked patience in their agonising 10-9 final defeat to Enniscorthy on Saturday.
Clogher dominated the first half at the Coolmine RFC grounds, yet all they had to show for their efforts was a paltry six-point interval advantage. Enniscorthy upped the ante in the second half and when their scrum-half Evan Lett pounced from close range the Leinster side seized the initiative.
Philip Holme, who scored all of Clogher’s points, and Enniscorthy substitute Jack Kelly exchanged penalties to leave the Ulster representatives trailing by a single point going into the final quarter.
Two minutes from time Holme had an opportunity to win it but his penalty attempt from wide on the left drifted agonisingly past the far post.
Having had time to reflect and digest, Kyle admitted his side had been guilty of making mistakes.
Not only had the sin-binning of BJ Wilson and Philip Bennett proved costly, not only had Clogher failed to translate their first half dominance into real substance on the scoreboard but they were also guilty of lacking patience when they had Enniscorthy on the ropes.
“We didn’t execute in the first half. We had loads of possession and to be fair to Enniscorthy they defended superbly,” he said.
“We probably dominated 30 of the 40 opening minutes but we couldn’t take that opportunity to get across the line. We had enough opportunities to win the game 10 times over but we just didn’t follow through. We lacked that wee cutting edge on the day.
“In the heat of the moment and with the big crowd there were certainly instances where we lacked patience. There were overlaps on and we didn’t make that extra pass or go through that extra phase. There were wee mistakes and those are the little fractions that meant the difference from winning and losing.
“And I suppose there was no finer margin than Philip’s kick at the end.”