Quay Celtic manager Paul O’Connell was gracious in defeat following his side’s 3-2 defeat to Woodview Celtic in the Tully Bookmakers MDL Challenge Cup final at Oriel Park on Saturday night.
The Clancy Park side lost out to a late Paul Warnock strike after earlier coming back from a goal down on two occasions.
“We had a good go at it and at the end of the day we can have no complaints. We had an hour to play against ten men but we just weren’t good enough to beat them. Good luck to Woodview. They have won the treble and they are a great junior football team.”
The omens looked good for Quay when Woodview lost Stephen Grimes to a red card after half an hour but O’Connell felt the dismissal actually hindered his team.
“They had with a gale force wind behind them in the first-half. It didn’t look like that but the wind was very strong.
“Woodview have great spirit so playing with ten men didn’t really make a difference to them. We didn’t change much because despite playing with ten men they still have the likes of Mickey O’Kane who stepped it up.
“We went in 1-1 a the break and changed it at half-time and went two up front in the second-half but we didn’t have as much of the ball as I thought we would.
“Robbie Gavigan has been out for the past five or six weeks and Billy Smith caught him on the back foot for their second goal. We got ourselves back into it but they caught us on the break for the third goal. We probably showed a wee bit of naivety but we had to go for it at that stage. It’s a cup final and there’s no point in hanging around, we had to go for it.”
Victory would have secured the Point Road club their first senior MDL trophy since they left the Leinster Senior League and ‘came home’ to the MDL in 2010.
“We came back last year and finished in mid-table. This year we hoped to finish in the top four or five and get a run in the cups so we met our target”, said O’Connell.
“It would have been nice to win the cup but there are some good young lads around the Quay and that might give us the impetus to push on again next year”.