‘Dorny’ was delighted to get Cushendun over the line

Emmett’s manager Chris Dornan gives his views on Sunday’s win

CRLL1629Chris Dornan was understandably delighted to have helped end Cushendun’s losing run in finals when Saffron Gael spoke to him after Sunday’s win over Glenarm in the Junior Hurling Championship

“It feels great to have won the championship in my first year as manager. I was involved in the management team for the past two years with Aidan Delargy and Skinner McAlister but this was my first year on my own and it feels great” The Ruairi Og clubman added “I’m especially pleased for the players, they have worked very hard all season. We have six or seven Under 21s and a couple just out of U21 in the team and this win will do them the world of good. I don’t like singling anyone out but today David Kilgore showed just how good he is with an outstanding display, and what can you say about Conor McHugh? We went down to the All Ireland Sevens (in early September) and he was in the running for player of the tournament. He was also on the county panel this season.” Dorny, as he is better know went on to say “I have to also mention Donal O’Hara who was out through injury for a large part of the season. He has been great in our three championship matches to date.  He is a real big game player”

Amidst the celebrations Dorny had still a word of praise for Sunday’s opponents Glenarm. “I have known their managers Kevin and Ronan for a long time and they are two great hurling men. They have put their heart into that team for the past two years. Their hands were tied this season because they were missing seven or eight players but they still managed to reach a county final. I know a good few of their players well and I managed some of them on juvenile teams in Cushendall and I have great time for them.”

Looking forward to the Ulster Junior Championship Dorny was buzzing at the thought of it. “I’m led to believe we play Na Magha of Derry at an Antrim venue and I think if we can reproduce the display we turned in today we are in with a chance”

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