Dr Crokes star Colm Cooper says his side’s early salvo against Castlehaven paved the way for their Munster Club final success.
The Killarney men claimed back-to-back provincial titles with a 0-19 to 0-12 win over the Cork champions, and Cooper was among the scorers as they opened up a seven-point half-time lead.
“The first 20 minutes were excellent, our movement, our kicking was very, very good,” Cooper told RTÉ Sport.
“We just started in a very sharp manner that laid the foundation for the rest of the match.”
All but three of Dr Crokes’ scores came from open play with Brian Looney top-scoring with 0-07.
And Cooper was very pleased with their December display.
He said: “That’s the way we’ve been brought up to play football and that’s what we do all our lives – catch and kick as much as possible. When you’re playing against teams, they want to limit you but that’s the way we play."
“That’s the way we’ve been brought up to play football" - Colm Cooper
He added: “I don’t think we’re good at playing any other way so we’ll get on with it. When it comes off it looks really good but there’s days when it doesn’t come off and you look a bit silly, but to be fair, more often than not, our guys produce the goods.
“We’ll get the plaudits for the quality of football we played in the first half but that all came from how hard we worked around the field, fellows were diving on boots, chasing back, harrying a lot.
“Sometimes that doesn’t get seen but we did a lot of that today and that allowed us to express ourselves a little bit more. “