Still plenty to work on says Reel

Cullyhanna manager Stephen Reel says there’s still plenty for his side to work on ahead of the Ulster intermediate final.

His side overcame Down champions Liatroim in impressive fashion last week. A stunning second half display saw them win by 11-points.

It’s back to Blayney now in two weeks’ time as the St Patrick’s men take on Cavan’s Ballyhaise in the final.

A frustrating first half, which Cullyhanna just edged, was wiped aside during the second period.

Their shot selection was off, particularly throughout the opening 35 minutes. But the Armagh champions corrected those issues at half time.

Learnings

“It was a challenge to break them down and they frustrated us,” said Stephen Reel after the game.

“We did get frustrated in the first half. And we allowed them to frustrate us, we just took some mad shots outside the scoring zone, balls dropped short which gave them turnovers.

“We probably should have been further ahead at half time; it was close at half time (0-7 to 0-5). But we were happy coming in with our noses just ahead.

“We took the learnings from it and in fairness we were more efficient in front of the goals in the second half.

Cullyhanna manager Stephen Reel says there’s still plenty for his side to work on ahead of the Ulster intermediate final.
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“We didn’t rush shots and we were patient, we were waiting for those openings because Liatroim are a good team. They’re well organized and they’re not here for nothing.

“I know they had a few injuries coming into the match as well which didn’t help them,” added Reel. “Our game management in the second half was much better too, our shot selection was better.

“We’re delighted to get over the line because we knew it was a big game. The reward is to get into the Ulster final, so it was all about winning at all costs and getting the job done.”