Friday 28 October 2016

Goals gave us breathing space to win, says Kenny

Cuala manager Mattie Kenny
Cuala manager Mattie Kenny

Delight and relief proved the key emotions for Cuala manager Mattie Kenny as he reflected on his side's impressive performance in bringing the county title back to Dalkey for the first time since 1994.

The Galway native has made a massive impression since taking the reins two years ago and the ability of his team to find the net at pivotal times was a massive factor in his side's success.

"It's great to be part of a winning team and all the lads have put in a lot of work," said Kenny.

"Goals win matches and we got the goals at the vital stages.

"The first-half was very competitive and nip-and-tuck all the way but the goals arrived at the right time and managed to give us a bit of breathing space.

"St Jude's kept coming at us and they're a very solid team and there was only a puck of the ball between us at half-time," he said.

The manner in which St Jude's resumed in the second-half would have concerned Kenny as he saw Cuala's lead reduced to just a point but Cuala responded in the best possible way thanks to Colm Cronin's well-taken goal.

That strike had a deflating effect on St Jude's and although they battled away in typically courageous fashion until the final whistle, their fate was sealed when Sean Treacy added a third goal for Cuala in the 48th minute.

"In the second-half, we kept tipping away with a couple of points and the goals put a bit of daylight between the teams," said Kenny

"I thought that Sean Treacy and Mark Schutte did very well up front with David Treacy showing well behind them and our forwards worked well on the day.

"We won by ten points in the end but the scoreboard didn't really reflect how close Jude's were to us," he concluded.

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