IT Carlow Hurling Head Coach DJ Carey says the 9 point defeat to UL in Tuesday’s Fitzgibbon Cup Semi-Final was unjustified.
Speaking to KCLR, DJ says it was a closer game than the final scoreline indicated.
“UL had 24 Senior Inter-County hurlers and most of them would have been Clare, Tipperary and Limerick so you can imagine these guys are playing at a very high level.
“To be fair, we lost it by 9 points which was unjustified really in the sense of the quality of the game and how close it was. The result would say there was 9 points in it but the actual game itself wouldn’t suggest that.
“Now that doesn’t mean we should have won it, it just means it was a closer game. From our point view, no matter how much we were down or anything like that, we battled to the bitter end.”
Carey also says that the Fitzgibbon Cup competition should not clash with the National League.
“There should be no clashes of fixtures as far as I am concerned because there should be no National League matches played in the month of January.
“There is no reason why the National League can’t be put back to late February or early March and the competition of the Fitzgibbon Cup should have it’s home where it is.
“We are talking about hurling not been played in December and to put a serious competition like that back. If your playing and in College, you should be left to play with them and National League is very important so that means that National League games shouldn’t be played when the Fitzgibbon Cup is going on,” he said.