Contrasting emotions from the management teams

County Derry Senior Football Championship finaL Coleraine (Eoghan Rua) v Slaughtneil (Robert Emmets)'.'' Photo Lorcan Doherty / Presseye.com
County Derry Senior Football Championship finaL Coleraine (Eoghan Rua) v Slaughtneil (Robert Emmets)'.'' Photo Lorcan Doherty / Presseye.com

As always after a final where the margin between victory and defeat was so fine there were contrasting emotions in the immediate post match sentiments from the victors and the vanquished.

Eoghan Rua manager, Sean McGoldrick, was clearly disappointed coming so close but just not getting over the line.

The parade of teams prior to throw in.'' Mandatory Credit Photo Lorcan Doherty / Presseye.com

The parade of teams prior to throw in.'' Mandatory Credit Photo Lorcan Doherty / Presseye.com

“Very disappointed but the players gave everything,” he said at the end.

“They never gave up trying to the very end. The goal was a mighty blow but they came back very well and we probably were just a wee bit unlucky not to get a draw at the end.

“Liam (McGoldrick) sustained an ankle injury and he was unable to jump.

“That was part of the problem and then nobody jumped except the Slaughtneil player who came to fist the ball to the net. He took his chance well.’

“The fellas really lifted themselves after the goal and reacted really well, we gradually pegged it back but ran out of time.

“It was disappointing but as I said to the players they had no reason to hang their heads.

“They gave everything for the team, the club and the supporters.

“There was a chance in the first half when Colm (McGoldrick) maybe should have stuck it over the bar and maybe we should have done better on the goal but those are the things that happen. Goals win matches!

Slaughtneil joint manager John Joe Kearney was obviously the more buoyant after their win as he put into words the tale of the tape from his perspective.

“There was a considerable breeze out there and the players I think gauged it themselves that you were not going to be fit to score from 40 yards,” he said.

“There was a bit of a turnaround in the second half with the breeze as you were able to knock the odd one over when you got a chance. Coleraine do not give you many chances.

“We said at half time that we would go out a give it a go and try and add on a few points and set Coleraine back but unfortunately the shots went wide. The goal was crucial. If we had not scored that goal God only knows what way the game would have gone.

“The fact that we were knocked out earlier on this year in the championship was also motivation. But once we got into winning ways we said to ourselves that now we were not going to be stopped that we were going to try and win another championship and on the day we did.”