“We’ve an unbelievable belief and confidence” | Newcastle West’s Mike McMahon hails the character of his team-mates following Munster semi victory

NCW came from behind yet again to bring their Munster semi-final against Clonmel Commercials to extra-time where they dominated the final twenty.

Limerick SFC champions Newcastle West have booked their place in the Munster Football Club Championship Final following a dramatic extra-time victory over Clonmel Commercials on Sunday.

The score ended 1-16 to 1-11 in favour of the Magpies, who scored 1-3 in an incredible extra-time performance compared to Clonmel’s solitary point.

And it seemed as if the game wouldn’t have reached extra-time in the first place, with Commericals leading by a point heading into the last minute off added time. But in the eighth minute of added time, Ruadhan O’Connor stepped up to point at the death.

NCW’s Mike McMahon believed that the side were ‘dead and buried’ as the game approached its conclusion but just like their county final, they pulled it back in the end and McMahon says it’s down to the belief and confidence they possess.

“It’s an unbelievable feeling, we looked dead and buried just like the Adare match and up steps Ruadhan O’Connor. It was our full-back the last day and was our half-back today, up steps Ruadhan puts it over the bar and brings it to extra-time and we kick on again in extra-time.

“We’ve an unbelievable belief and confidence in ourselves that, coming down the stretch with five or ten minutes to go if there’s a couple of scores left in it, we’re going to get over the line, we’re never out of the fight, if we’re in with a chance with ten minutes to go, we’ll kick on and we’ll kick the scores and we firmly believe that.”

27 November 2022; Mike McMahon of Newcastle West after his side’s victory in the AIB Munster GAA Football Senior Club Championship Semi-Final match between Clonmel Commercials and Newcastle West at FBD Semple Stadium in Thurles, Tipperary. Photo by Michael P Ryan/Sportsfile

Attentions turn to their Munster Championship Final in a fortnight’s time where they will face Kerry outfit Kerrins O’Rahilly’s in the decider.

McMahon believes it’s important to celebrate their win for now but they’ll get their heads down in the next two weeks to bring a Munster title back to West Limerick.

“We’ve a lot to do, I think it’s two weeks time is it, so look we’ll enjoy this, we’ll go in then and have a chat and see what we’re doing for the next two weeks, Jimmy will have a plan in place for us tomorrow evening and he will send it out to us.

“But, I suppose today is just about enjoying the occasion for what it is, it’s a one-off game it’s an occasion fair enough but we’ll put the head down again come Wednesday or Tuesday night, we’ll have a plan in place and we’ll go at it hard for the next two weeks.”

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Newcastle West face Kerrins O Rahillys on the 10th of December in the Munster Football Club Championship Final.

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