Post-Match Reaction: Old Wesley V Clonakilty – Clonakilty Coach Dave O’Mahony – The Evening Echo – November 29 2011

Mistakes undermine all Clon’s hard work


A 48-10 defeat to Dublin Four outfit Old Wesley on Saturday means that Clonakilty have now lost the opening six games in this season’s Ulster Bank Divison 2A league, writes DAIRE WALSH.

Speaking after the game, Clonakilty Coach Dave O’Mahony revealed that he was disappointed with the way things panned out for his side, but was realistic about the level the club are at presently.

“We were beaten by a much, much better side. To be fair, it’s disappointing but we have to be realistic and take it on the chin.

“We’re not at that level. We tried hard in certain areas, but we made a lot of mistakes and we got punished,” O’Mahony stated.

“We’ve lost a lot of good players. We’re trying hard, we can’t fault the effort, but we just weren’t good enough today.

“It’s six losses on the trot now, but there are games to be played. There’s a game next week and we’ll keep at it.”

Though he concedes that they were never truly in a position to win the game, he felt that they contributed to their downfall by making some costly errors, which effectively took away from a lot of the good work.

“When we make mistakes we get punished. I’m not saying we would have won the game, but we certainly would have been closer. I thought we started well, the first 10 minutes we looked very solid. There was a bit of organisation about us defensively, and then one mistake and we’re behind the sticks, and that’s the way it’s been all season.”

“We were poor in possession as well, we turned over way too many balls. That killed us, we couldn’t put them under enough pressure. Really, it’s about ball retention at this level, and physically we took it into the contact area.

“They seemed to dominate that, we have to look at that. They were strong, they were physical. They bossed us around.”

With games against Greystones and Midleton to come before the New Year, Clonakilty will be hoping that they can get a win under the belt sooner rather than later.

O’Mahony is realistic enough to know how difficult this task will be, but he is nonetheless confident that the players at his disposal will do all in their powers to make this possible.

“We’d like to try to get a win obviously, but it’s not looking as if we’re going to get it. We’ve been here before, we were seven and zero last year. We’ve lost a little bit of quality. Alfie Harte and Mike O’Hea.

“These guys who are leaders have emigrated. We’re struggling in that area. We’re looking to get a win anywhere really. Getting a win over the line might give us a bit of confidence. They’re proud guys. They’re doing their best and I can’t ask any more than that.”

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