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Draw an anti-climax, Conlon feels

SHC All-Ireland Hurling Championship at Croke Park

By Owen Ryan

Speaking after the game John Conlon said the draw wasa bit of a downer, although it was almost a lot worse. “Yeah, it was a big anticlimax coming into the dressing room, one side was saying that we got out of jail and the other that we could have easily won the game,” the big Clonlara man opined, underneath the Hogan stand.

He wasn’t too disappointed not to have been on for the full game. “It’s a whole panel, everyone is flying in training. When you’re in the half forward line or at midfield you’re working the whole time and you mightn’t last the 70 minutes.”

One of his clubmen got the final score, forcing the draw. Conlon said he wasn’t that surprised that it was the corner back who popped up at the crucial moment. ” He’s a gas man, he’s as confident as hell. He was only saying during the week who hadn’t scored all year. The two other lads in the full back line scored against Laois and he got a bit of a doing over that! No better man going up along, he might hit nine wide but he’ll get one and that’ll be the one that’s important. That’s Domhnall to a tee.”

Regarding Brian Gavin’s decision to continue play beyond the two alloted minutes of injury time, Conlon said that the Offaly man may have been blindsided to an extent. “Brian Gavin actually had his back turned and the puck out was taken. The ball broke to someone and he had to let it go on, when it got to a scoring position.”

He is currently teaching in Killaloe and he said it had taken his mind off things this week. “It distracts you and it wasn’t until three o’clock on Friday I got to think about the game. Leading up to the next match I won’t have too much time to think about it either.”

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