St Thomas’ wing forward Bernard Burke is looking forward to a week of rest and recovery after helping his side book their place in their first ever All-Ireland club hurling final.
Burke was the man-of-the-match as the Galway side beat Loughgiel Shamrocks of Antrim 0-15 to 0-07 in their club semi-final replay at Clones.
“We’re all absolutely thrilled. As a panel, as a club representing Galway, we’re all absolutely delighted to come up here to Clones today and dig out another performance,” Burke said afterwards.
“We were going in a bit cold into the (first game). It’s a new country for us, we haven’t been there before and a lot of younger guys wouldn’t have been used to that kind of scenario. Parnell Park is a kind of enclosed pitch and they weren’t used to the noise levels and things like that.
“Cuteness was brought into today and we didn’t panic on the ball, we took our time, picked out our passes and took out scores at the right times.”
St Thomas’ had to weather an early storm as Loughgiel came out with all guns blazing, but after Benny McCarthy missed two early goal chances along with Liam Watson, the Galway side came into their own.
“They had a plan I suppose. We started the last match very well and they counter-acted that today. They started very well and we were under savage pressure in the first 10 minutes,” Burke said,
“Lucky enough they didn’t get a goal in that time. They had two or three close chances and our backs played very well. It was a credit to them to keep them out.
Burke is now looking forward to some downtime as he and his teammates recuperate ahead of the club final on St Patrick’s Day.
“This week now coming it’ll be recovery again,” he said. “We’ve had two big games back to back in consecutive weeks so we’ll be looking to recover this week them build for the match on Paddy’s Day.”