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'That Kind Of Selfishness Had To Leave, It's Something That Held Us Back'

'That Kind Of Selfishness Had To Leave, It's Something That Held Us Back'

Midleton won their first Cork Premier Senior Hurling Championship title since 2013 on Sunday with a three-point victory over Glen Rovers.

Midleton's 24 points were spread across their six starting forwards. Conor Lehane hit 13 of those scores, with five coming from play.

"If the man is in a better position to score, you give it to him," Lehane told RTÉ Radio 1.

"It's something that you always try to put into a team but if we don't do it, we really call ourselves out on it. That kind of selfishness really had to leave, and that's something that really held us back over the years.

"The spread of scores through the pitch, especially in the semi-final, was so large that you could tell there was more team cohesion.

"We just really, really emphasised the idea that every single person has a say, that every single person who is involved is important.

"Every part of the pitch, we need to control each line, and just really be more aware of what we're doing ourselves at training. Just taking it training session by training session, having a chat after about what we did good, and what we need to work on. It's just those simple things. It's never anything spectacular when it comes to these [wins]."

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21 November 2021; Midleton manager Ger Fitzgerald celebrates with Conor Lehane, left, and Ben O'Connor after the Cork Premier Senior Hurling Championship final victory over Glen Rovers at Páirc Ui Chaoimh in Cork. Photo by Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile

 

Lehane was dropped from the Cork hurling panel ahead of the 2021 inter-county.

Conor Lehane on possible Cork recall

Asked if he could see a recall from Cork manager Kieran Kingston coming his way, Lehane said: "That's a question I've been asked a bit. I try my best to not think about it or let it come into my head any bit.

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"That's out of my control. If it's out of my control, it's not in my mind. Look, we'll see. I'm not giving any answer, not giving too much away!"

The Midleton captain added that Sunday's win "means the absolute world" to everybody involved with the club.

"We've had a bit of a dry spell over the last couple of years," he said.

"We never really kicked on after 2013. That was in our head with a long time.

"I know it's the same for every club when they win but when you see the people that are constantly at every game. You see the emotion that comes out of a victory like that, and what it does to the town, and everyone involved in it.

"You could never describe how good the feeling is. Just to see everyone so happy, there's such a sense of relief."

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