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'It's about time that people gave us the respect we deserve,' blasts Mount Leinster keeper

Frank Foley kept a clean sheet in the Carlow club’s historic Leinster final win.

Mount Leinster captain David Phelan lifts the AIB Leinster Senior Hurling title.
Mount Leinster captain David Phelan lifts the AIB Leinster Senior Hurling title.
Image: INPHO/James Crombie

HISTORY-MAKING MOUNT Leinster Rangers goalkeeper Frank Foley says Carlow hurling has been ‘put down’ for too long.

The experienced stopper kept a clean sheet as the Borris club became the first ever side from Carlow to win the AIB Leinster senior title.

But he was furious that pundits didn’t given them a chance ahead of both their semi-final against Ballyboden St Enda’s and Sunday’s decider with Oulart-The Ballagh.

“Even before we were playing Ballyboden, we never got a mention,” blasted Foley.

“This group deserves respect. The whole country saw what we did against Oulart, it was live on TG4. We’re well able to hurl, well able to hurl.

“It’s about time that people gave us the respect we deserve. We probably came in as underdogs, fair enough, they’re Oulart. But a bit more respect was what was needed.

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INPHO/James Crombie

“It drove us on massively, 100 per cent. You don’t like being put down in your life, no-one likes it.

“Everyone has challenges in their life but we’ve worked as hard as Oulart have worked, as hard as any team has worked.

Giving up weekends and we have all wives, I’ve a wife and the other boys have girlfriends. I’ve given up whole Sundays to go off playing and you’re leaving a young boy and girl at home, crying and wondering why they can’t go off. That’s sacrifice.

“We make them sacrifices, the exact same as Kilkenny, anyone, Wexford, Cork, the exact same sacrifices. But we don’t get the respect we deserve.”

Foley claimed a lack of respect is nothing new. He was Carlow goalkeeper for last June’s two-point qualifier defeat to Wexford.

“On the Sunday night before the game, on the Sunday Game, Cyril Farrell dismissed us just like that,” recalled Foley.

“It was just like, ‘Carlow, oh Wexford will walk that one into the next round’. That’s some respect.”

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