Adrian Moran interview after Lory Meagher Final defeat

Tony Ghee spoke with the Longford manager Adrian Moran after the game, and Adrian admitted that it just didn’t happen for Longford on the big day.

Adrian: ‘No, it just didn’t happen for us. We have no excuses, we were beaten by a much better team on the day. We are a lot better than what we showed today, but Louth deserved the victory.’

Tony: ‘Longford got off to such a great start going five points up in the early stages. Joe O’Brien with the goal, and points from Reuben Murray and Cathal Mullane, but after that, Louth came storming back reeling off 2-05 without reply.’

Adrian: ‘It was a good start, but as we know, it takes seventy-six, seventy-seven or seventy-eight minutes to win a game. It’s only the second time this year that we got off to a great start and we had the same result in that game too. We just did not perform on the day. The lads deserve a lot of credit for the massive effort they put in all year round. We left no stone unturned getting to Croke Park. I commend everyone involved, the county board, the support at home, the Longford GAA clubs who gave us their facilities as well as my own club, Ringtown, in Westmeath. I also have to thank the Longford Arms Hotel for everything that they have done for us regarding recovery work. Great praise also to our physios, our strength and conditioning, and our hurling coaches. We have done everything that we can to get here today, we just did not get the result we wanted. I think that everyone leaving here today knows what it takes to win this competition, and that is the lesson that we take from today.’

Tony: ‘John Mulhern, he has had his injury woes this season with rib and hamstring issues. He got treatment down in Limerick during the week and he started today, but unfortunately, he had to come off early.’

Adrian: ‘John felt really good and we put faith in him and the faith in the work that was done on him during the week. That is a decision that you make. He and everyone went out with the best intentions for Longford hurling. We tried to drive forward, we tried to win the game, but unfortunately, we didn’t do that. We came second to a very good Louth team.’

Tony: ‘Longford then rallied again, scoring four unanswered points, but Louth responded and then when Longford scored the second goal through Reuben Murray, Louth quickly cancelled that out with some quick-fire points.’

Adrian: ‘We just did not penetrate them at all down the middle. Breaking ball really killed us, we didn’t get under the breaking ball quick enough. We were also cleaned out with a lot of puck-outs as well, especially in the first half. When you are struggling to win breaking ball and are also struggling to win your own puck-outs, it’s never easy and makes the job much harder.’

Tony: ‘Two national finals, despite losing both of them, is good progress for Longford hurling.’

Adrian: ‘It is progress, but when you get to finals, you want to win them and going forward, I am sure Longford will win national titles again. The lads have made great strides, putting in huge effort this year. We spoke about it in the dressing room and on the field after the full-time whistle. This is a sick feeling, and everyone in that dressing room is sick. We have no regrets, we gave it absolutely everything we had. It just wasn’t to be and that is nobody’s fault. One thing about this group since we came together, there has been no finger pointing or blame game. We take the wins together, we take the losses together, we take the set-backs together. We will move forward, do better in the future, win titles, and please God, that will happen sooner than later.’