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Keefe reflects on low point as Giants crash

 

Adam Keefe
Adam Keefe
Adam McKendry

By Adam McKendry

Adam Keefe admitted that Wednesday night's Challenge Cup elimination against the Cardiff Devils was amongst one of the lowest points of his time in charge of the Belfast Giants.

The Giants were thoroughly outplayed in their quarter-final second leg at the Viola Arena, being shut-out for the third time in their last five games in losing 4-0 to their rivals, who progressed to the semi-finals 5-0 on aggregate.

It could have been a lot worse had netminder Shane Owen not been on form, the Canadian making 33 saves in keeping the relentless Cardiff waves at bay.

That left Keefe struggling for words after the defeat, admitting that the overriding emotion was disappointment, not anger.

"We've had some low moments but yeah, this is one of them," he said.

"Just really disappointed to turn up and lay an egg in a game as big as this one.

"It was men versus boys and that's the most disappointing thing.

"That's not the team we want to be.

"I thought we lacked character, we lacked passion, we lacked intensity and that's just disappointing."

Ironically, the Giants get the chance for revenge as early as tomorrow when they welcome the Devils to the SSE Arena for an Elite League clash, something which has Keefe in defiant mood.

"We have to answer on Saturday against these very same guys," he added.

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