MAN OF THE MATCH
The man-of-the-match award went to St. Patrick’s midfielder Paudge McWalter.
It is a rare occurrence for this award not to go to a player from the winning team and for McWalter to be so honoured says much about his performance for the losers.
He was the outstanding player afield in the drawn match when playing at centre-back and on Sunday last he turned in another mighty display when manning the vital midfield.
McWalter is a fearless player, an outstanding sportsman who is gifted at soccer and gaelic football, and he took the battle to Kiltegan again in Sunday last with another gutsy performance.
KILTEGAN’S BEST PLAYER
Again for the second week running Jacko Dalton was the top player on the Kiltegan team.
He was also a midfield player for his team and was ever in the thick of the action, driving his team forward, especially in the second half when St. Patrick’s were seeking to establish a bridgehead.
Jacko treated us to some memorable incidents of high-fielding and when he briefly switched to full-forward in the second half he scored two glorious points.
SCORE OF THE MATCH
Paul Earls scored a peach of a goal early in the second half. He latched on to a high ball across the face of the goal from John Slattery and then showed a glimpse of his football artistry as he skated round his marker to cheekily slot the ball in the far corner of Alister Hambidge’s net.
However the score that had the most telling effect was James Doyle’s winner for Kiltegan just two minutes from the end. The result was blowing in the wind at that stage; St. Patrick’s had led for much of the way throughout the second half.
When Doyle gained possession on the left flank and coolly drilled the winning point between the posts, he fulfilled a Kiltegan dream to win the senior football crown for the first time in 22 years.