‘We may have got out of jail but showed great char­ac­ter’

Bray People - - Sport -

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.’

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