Curley targets Connacht campaign as Four Roads rise to summit yet again

Four Road manager Shane Curley happy with the result on Sunday. Pic: Bernie O’Farrell

Having taken over as Four Roads manager this year after a very successful playing career with club and county, Shane Curley has delivered a county senior title – and in some style too. He was a happy man when he spoke to the Roscommon People after Sunday’s hurling final, pointing to his team’s superb first-half display as the basis for their convincing win.

He was speaking after Four Roads’ 0-26 to 2-12 win over Athleague in Sunday’s Roscommon Senior Hurling final, played in Athleague. It was their 36th title in all, and their 15th since 2000.

“You would have to be very happy with our first-half performance. We had 21 shots on goal and scored 18 points. We were down in the dumps after the semi-final – in terms of our efficiency – but we were excellent in that first half and in fairness we were showing that kind of form in training and in challenge games.

“There are no bigger critics of the Four Roads hurling team than Four Roads people, and the players did it today in front of their families and local people. I am delighted for the players. They have made a Trojan effort and they deserve it”.

Curley praised the effort put in by opponents Athleague, and the way they stuck with a difficult task after going so far behind early on.

“I’d have huge respect for Athleague. They are always capable of running the ball and getting goals. I would always have respect for them and there was no complacency in our approach to today. We are very happy with our performance and very happy with our win”.

Looking ahead, the Four Roads manager says that they will be giving the Connacht Club Championship a real go this year. “It’s very disappointing the way the Connacht Championship petered out for us last year. Now we are looking at (playing) Toureen or Ballyhaunis. It’s four weeks away. I have great belief in our lads and I just hope that we can perform again the next day we go out” he concluded.