In a sense, Star’s last-second defeat at the hands of Templeogue summed up the side's All Ireland Premier League season – so close and yet so far.
So often during this campaign, Star have had the opportunity of victory within their grasp and somehow contrived to let it slip away. Yesterday’s heartbreaking loss left the team’s play-off hopes dashed.
For Conor Johnston, who produced his best performance in a Star shirt, it was particularly painful as he seemed to have thrown his team-mates an over-time lifeline. Trailing 65-62 with five seconds remaining, Johnston slammed home a big three – one of seven he hit in the match.
But American Isaac Gordon nicked it for Templeogue on the buzzer.
Afterwards, Conor said: “It’s gut-wrenching to lose that way – really tough to take.”