MIDDLETOWN’S assistant manager Martin Curry said that it is important that their team learn a positive lesson from last weekend’s All-Ireland Club Intermediate Hurling Championship final defeat to Carlow’s Mount Leinster Rangers.
Just two points separated the two sides at the final whistle, and the Leinster champions were down to 14 men, which can only have heightened the disappointment that the Na Fianna side felt. Yet nothing good can come of self pity.
“We have to turn it into a positive,” said Curry.
“The experience we got this season, you can’t buy that, and we have to take that into the Armagh Championship.
“Everyone will want to play us now as we are sitting on a perch and they will want to knock us off. Everybody wants to beat us. It is a success that we have put ourselves in that position.”
Certainly, the main driving force this season will be to try and get back to the All-Ireland final again. Curry admitted that the management and the team felt that they had the talent and the game-plan to become the first Ulster team to win this title.
However, he was unable to explain exactly why they couldn’t do so though.
“We underperformed. A big turning point turned out to be the sending off of their player. We had the momentum at that stage, but that seemed to give them the momentum. When you lose that, it is very hard to get it back.”
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