GALWAY GAA: (Reaction) – JOHN FLEMING (Portumna Community School)

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Portumna Community School were crowned Connacht Post Primary Schools Senior B Hurling Champions last Saturday as they beat Calasanctius College, Oranmore 6-9 to 2-9 in Duggan Park, Ballinasloe.

(Match Report)

Two John Fleming goals along with further strikes for Liam Quirke, Denis McLoughlin, Oisin Sullivan and Jack Kelly helped them to a comfortable victory and they’ll face the Leinster champions on March 10th in the All-Ireland semi-final.

Meelick/Eyrecourt’s John Fleming was the Man of the Match after hitting 2-6 over the hour including crucial goals in both halves.  The centre forward chatted to us after the final whistle.

“They are,” said Fleming when asked about the importance of the goals.  “It’s the whole team that put in a savage effort.  The lads have been training since the start of the year and they just backed themselves.  They were unlucky with the ‘A’ championship but they proved themselves today and they got what they deserved.”

“The boys, they are fairly confident.  They know they’re a good side and they’re well able back themselves as I said already.”

“It was great to get off to a great start.  It would give you a lot of confidence and the game went grand after that.”

“As far as we were concerned, it was another nil-nil.  Going out in the second half again, it was a draw again (as far as) we were concerned.  And we just said we’d push on and make sure we’d get the victory.”

“We kept pushing on and pushing on.  We knew from last years’ experience that if we took or foot off the pedal or whatever, it could come back to hit us.  And we know from last year, we got beaten last year.  So, we just said we’d shoving on and pushing on.”

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