Mount Leinster Rangers crowned Leinster Champions in shock victory
Carlow’s Mount Leinster Rangers are no doubt still celebrating today following thier historic AIB Leinster club hurling championship victory over Oulart-The Ballagh at Nowlan Park. The underdogs emerged victorious winning the game 0-11 to 0-08 in one of the biggest shocks in recent memory. It was the first time ever that a Carlow club side had participated in a Leinster final and the huge 7,200 crowd at Nowlan Park reflected this.
Oulart had gone into the game as nailed on favourites but the Wexford champions were outfought and out thought by a spirited and skilful Rangers side. Manager Tom Mullally was absolutely delighted by his team’s heroic performance yesterday afternoon saying “We’re not under any illusions, we knew we were underdogs and while we mightn’t have played great hurling, our job was to win the game. That’s what we came to do and that’s what we did.”
Oulart looked nervous throughout the game perhaps due to the fact that they had lost three finals in a row resulting in the occasion getting the better of them. Their manager, former Wexford legend Martin Storey believed that his team may be suffering from a psychological mental block “It’s very hard to put your finger on it exactly. Is it a psychological thing? Are we too predictable in how we play? You can come up with 10 scenarios. I’ll sit down and come up with five or six scenarios to change it for next year.”