Oughterard Boss Tommy Finnerty: “I’ve been involved with these lads since U10s and U12”

In winning the Intermediate Club Championship last weekend,

Oughterard became the first Galway club to win an All-Ireland at this grade since there noisy neighbours Moycullen back in 2008. 

They won comfortably on the day against Magheracloone Mitchells of Monaghan on a scoreline of 2-15 to 0-12.  

Oughterard worked extremely hard to achieve this and have been pounding the training field for almost twelve months non-stop.

A side with a lot of class and potential, the massive commitment was given by this group bore fruit in the form of Galway, Connacht and All-Ireland titles this season.

Two years ago, when Tommy Finnerty was appointed manager of Oughterard, he sat the squad down and asked them about their ambitions as a club.

The aim was very much to win the county final, which they reached this year by defeating Michael Breathnach’s in a penalty shootout after a replay.

While these games were by far the most challenging of their 2019 season, it earned them a county title and promotion to Senior grade for the first time since 2002.  

Speaking to Galway Pulse reporter Keith Faherty, boss Tommy Finnerty said:

“I did realise we had a team with a lot of potential , I’ve been involved with a lot of guys there, most of them since there were Under 10 and Under 12.

We do realise we have a good team, but a huge amount of work that has to be done before you can become contenders for All Ireland final you need an awful a lot of work along the way”.  

Oughterard manager Tommy Finnerty speaks to Keith Faherty

He suggested that luck has played a key a part in their 160-minute two-game battle with Michael Breathnach’s,

after which the North Connemara men secured their first senior title in 17 years.

Having an active, dedicated panel of 38 players has been central to the success of the team.

Two years into his tenure as Senior boss, Tommy Finnerty has managed to nurture lads who he managed as small children to a highly sought-after All-Ireland Intermediate Club title.

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