Reel reflects on “perfect” one-point win

Cullyhanna manager Stephen Reel says that their one-point win in Sunday’s Ulster final was “the perfect way to win it.

Reel’s side trailed by four midway through the second half, but Caolan Reavey’s goal brought them right back into the game.

In the end, the chance to win it fell to captain Pearse Casey and the big midfielder made no mistake in front of the uprights.

“If you were to win finals, that is the way to win it,” said Reel after the game. “A one-point win, the last minute of the game, down to the wire.

“It’s the perfect way to win it. I know we won the county final by 20 points which was a bit of an anticlimax.

“It was done at half time but that’s completely different. It’s fantastic, fantastic for the boys and it’s just brilliant for the club.”

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Cullyhanna certainly didn’t have it all their own way and Cavan champions Ballyhaise battled to the end.

“We knew Ballyhaise were a good team coming into the game,” added Reel. “They were strong around midfield in particular and we did struggle at midfield.

“We struggled with kick-outs, primary possession and we struggled with break-ball. When you can’t get your hands on the ball there is not much you can do.

“Then we started to go short and get hands on the ball further up the field and we had to get long scores. They were well organised and a physical side, but it was a fantastic win.

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“We knew if we stuck at it and kept in it then anything could happen and that was our conversation at half-time.

“We had to get our hands on the ball more often around the middle and just hang in there, stay in the game because on a bad day like this anything can happen.

“It was a bad cross-field ball from them that we got a turnover from and then we counterattacked and got the goal.”