‘We may have got out of jail but showed great character’
ST. PATRICK’S CASEY O’Brien, the St. Patrick’s manager, was buoyed by the fact that they eked out a draw against Kiltegan without playing to their best.
And he confirmed that he would be sitting down during the week to talk tactics for the replay showdown next Sunday at Aughrim.
‘We may have gotten out of jail here to-day but we showed tremendous character, heart and determination here to-day’ he declared.
In his view it was an absolutely tremendous game of football. ‘We came from behind on a couple of occasions, I think we were five points down twice, but the fact that we came back to draw goes to show our heart and determination as footballers’.
‘At one stage the game seemed to be slipping from us out there, but there is a lot of heart in these guys.’
Accepting that Paul Earls scored 1-2 for St. Patrick’s from a meagre three or four balls, he said the reason they did not bet more ball to him was because they were not winning enough ball in the middle of the field to get it in to him.
‘Jacko Dalton was tremendous for Kiltegan at midfield and we will have to think of something to combat that the next day.’
Asked about some of the refereeing decisions, Casey O’Brien said: ‘It is hard for a referee out there. He has to make decision on the spur of the moment. I think if it was a penalty for Kiltegan, we could have had two. In similar situations to what Kiltegan got their penalty, we did not ever get a free. Overall though, the referee was not too bad.’
‘No we did not play to our best to-day. But you have to give credit to Kiltegan; they were out there to win a championship as well. They were not going to allow us play the football we want to play.
‘We did not play to our best, but we still did not lose. I don’t know if there will be a change of tactics the next day, we will have to sit down and talk.’