Maynooth manager Karl Ennis was extremely proud of his players after they captured the Division 2 league title in a tight clash with Johnstownbridge on Saturday.
The former Kildare star took on the role as manager of his own club for 2018, and despite losing their opening game of the championship to newly crowned Division 1 league champions Athy, things couldn’t be going much better for the north Kildare club.
They lost just one game out of 13 in the league, building momentum from an early stage and eventually easing towards promotion alongside Johnstownbridge. Landing some silverware on Saturday was the cherry on top of a good year so far.
“It’s a very, very happy day,” Ennis told KildareNow.
“We set our sights at the start of the year to try and get promoted from Division 2, and when we got the promotion we said, ‘why not give it a go, let’s win the final’. I’m very happy with the boys; it’s great experience for them playing in Newbridge in a final and getting over the line – it will stand them in good stead in the coming years. They are a good young team and we’re building for the future, so this will help them along the way.”
Trailing by four points at the start of the second half, Maynooth rallied impressively to win the game as the likes of Paddy Hever, Sean Sinclair and Neill Flynn led the charge. Their composure in a daunting situation was the most pleasing thing for Ennis.
“It would have been easy early in the second half to start panicking and try to force it up front, but I thought we were good in terms of our decision making and making sure we weren’t panicking and trying to force it,” he said.
“Overall, I was very happy with the performance. There is a lot of stuff to improve on going into the championship which is always good.”
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