Thrilling Se­nior foot­ball fi­nal ends in dead­lock

St. Pat’s and Kil­te­gan lock horns again on Sun­day

Bray People - - Sport - Mark KENNEDY

WE SUS­PECT that one of the most pleased spec­ta­tors at Aughrim last Sun­day was Mick O’Dwyer.

And the rea­son for that was be­cause his county play­ers on both St. Pa­trick’s and Kil­te­gan show­cased their im­mense tal­ent in a sun­shine blessed county fi­nal.

Paul Earls worked his magic from a min­i­mum amount of ball to score 1- 2 for St. Pa­trick’s and Jacko Dal­ton, Derek Daly and Seanie Fur­long had huge games for Kil­te­gan. St. Pat’s cor­ner-back Padraig Hig­gins is also a mem­ber of Micko’s squad.

If diplo­mat­i­cally fea­si­ble fol­low­ing Sun­day’s match, he should be looking at the pos­si­bil­ity of knock­ing on the door of St. Pa­trick’s cen­tre-back Paudge McWal­ter to see if there is any way of get­ting him to come on board.

McWal­ter is a soc­cer player with UCD but he is also a very tal­ented gaelic foot­baller and his per­for­mance last Sun­day was truly awe­some. He would be a huge ad­di­tion to the county team as they en­deav­our to progress an­other cou­ple of rungs up the lad­der next sea­son.

For the mo­ment, though, lets hope that we have an­other sunny day next Sun­day so that the re­play lives up to, if not sur­passes, last week­end’s splen­did drawn en­counter that held the near 5,000 spec­ta­tors en­thralled to the end.

Kil­te­gan will be con­cerned that they may have left the Mi­ley Cup be­hind them af­ter they set the pace all the way in the drawn en­counter, lead­ing their more fan- cied op­po­nents by four points on two oc­ca­sion.

St. Pa­trick’s are pleased to have got­ten out of jail last week­end, to have got­ten a sec­ond bite of the cherry, and they will cer­tainly be treat­ing op­po­nents Kil­te­gan with the ut­most re­spect again next Sun­day af­ter that let off.

Given the weather and the crowd, the re­play has the in­gre­di­ents to be an­other fine ad­ver­tise­ment for Wick­low foot­ball which has been mak­ing great strides in the last few years un­der the Kerry mae­stro.

Kil­te­gan's Seanie Fur­long goes to ground un­der pres­sure from Ro­nan Con­nolly of St. Pa­trick’s dur­ing the Se­nior Foot­ball Cham­pi­onship fi­nal.

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