Cappataggle come up short on biggest day

Date Published: 19-Feb-2009

A BRAVE and gritty Cappataggle performance against a pacy Blarney of Cork outfit was just not enough to claim the All-Ireland Club intermediate hurling crown when the two sides met in a thrilling decider at Croke Park on Sunday.

The Galway and Connacht champions may have suffered the disappointment of a five point defeat, but they certainly gave as good as they got for long periods of this game.Nothing was left out on the field. Nothing.

As a result, the men from ‘Cappy’ should have no regrets. While they were beaten by a better side, not once did they shy away from the battle in hand. Indeed, when Blarney threatened to bolt clear on several occasions, the Galway men showed great resolve to narrow the margin, exerting a great deal of pressure on their opponents.

Five points to one down after 17 minutes, a lesser team may have crumbled, but they hung on in there, gaining parity at 0-5 apiece by the 25th minute. By half-time, however, they trailed by two points, 0-9 to 0-7.

Cappataggle subsequently got to within a point early in the second half, but they were…