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Captain Connolly lauds special management team

Thursday, 11 October 2018

A beaming Kevin Connolly couldn't wait to get back to the homeland after Sunday's final as the latest Coolderry Captain to lead the club to the Sean Robbins Cup.
It was the 31st time a Coolderry player lifted the prestigious cup and it was the stuff of dreams for the 26 year old.
To see all those Coolderry supporters out there is just fantastic and to lift the Sean Robbins cup is a dream come through.
At one stage before the final whistle, I had tears in my eyes with emotion because I knew we were there. I can't wait to bring the cup back to Coolderry.
He spoke in the lead up to the final about the influence of Joachim Kelly and strength and conditioning coach Martin Bennett and he reiterated those sentiments after the game.
Credit goes to Joachim Kelly and Martin Bennett for the work they have put in but I suppose credit to the players too. The management can tell us what to do but the players have to buy into it too.
His goal four minutes before half time proved a crucial score and having missed an earlier chance, he was delighted to see that one hit the net.
I knew when I missed the first one that I hit it too high but I knew if I got in a second time to keep it down. Myself and Enda Grogan had a great battle and he is a fantastic hurler. It did set the tone but we knew we were only four points up at half time.
Coolderry move on to face the Leinster champions now on the 4th of November and Connolly sees no reason why they can't keep their unbeaten run going.
We went unbeaten this year and we plan to keep that going. There is a tight bunch of players there and we are going to represent Offaly as the best team we can be.

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