By David Hennessy and Umar Hassan
Lory Meagher Cup Round 5
Paddy Hoey’s Warwickshire team came out on top in the ‘Battle of Britain’ against Lancashire at Pairc na hEireann on Saturday but their local derby win was not enough to take them into the final of the Lory Meagher Cup.
This was the first meeting of Lancashire and Warwickshire as Lancashire-based players hurled with Warwickshire and Lancashire manager Stan Murray-Hession managing them in the past.
Warwickshire manager Paddy Hoey told The Irish World how important the victory was while also paying credit to his opposite number, Stan Murray-Hession: “Bragging rights are one thing but there’s too much respect between myself and Stan to be going around shouting about bragging rights. The lads will enjoy it probably but Stan has done a great job with Lancashire and Fullen Gaels and I wish them the best.
“Obviously when we play one another, it will always be a tough game and the result might be the other way the next time so I’ll keep the bragging rights to a very minimum.
“It was a good open game. It was good for Great Britain hurling, they’re both established sides. I know Lancashire didn’t have a good Lory Meagher but on another day, they could have easily beaten Fermanagh and Leitrim so it could have been a completely different story. They’ll be there or thereabouts next year. Hopefully we’ll both be. We just need to be more clinical ourselves now.”
Warwickshire were hoping for an emphatic win of more than 16 points, while also relying on a Fermanagh to beat Sligo, to take them into a final. Things in Pairc na hEireann were closer than that with Warwickshire having to come from behind for a two point win. Sligo beat Fermanagh and now those two teams will contest the final.
Paddy continues: “They’re (Lancashire) a good side. It was never going to be the one way traffic that we required but I kind of suspected that Sligo would be too strong for Fermanagh anyway. The score-line was never a big issue. They (Lancashire) didn’t play well against Sligo themselves and I knew they would make amends so we were never going to have a big score against them.
“There’s a good friendly rivalry between ourselves and Lancashire. It was nice we came out on top but it mightn’t be the same the next day we meet, you never know.”
By contrast, Lancashire looked to restore some pride after three straight defeats in the competition and a heavy defeat to Sligo the week before. Stan Murray-Hession’s team were hit hard by injuries throughout the campaign, their first year in the competition.
For the full report, see the June 6 Irish World.