Hard graft was the key to side’s success says delighted Manager
CELEBRATIONS have been running high in Kiltegan since Sunday but its back to the training ground for the players from to-night (Wednesday).
The hurlers have a semi-final to prepare for against Glenealy at the weekend while the victorious footballers will be knuckling down to give the Leinster Club championship a good lash.
Team manager Gavin Wynne felt that the replay of the football final was not as good as the drawn game, but they in Kiltegan were not complaining.
‘Replays are rarely as good but we do not worry about that as long as we got the result we wanted’ he said. ‘We would not complain if only one point was scored in the match as long as we won.
‘I would put our victory down to hard graft. I think our boys wanted it more. The fact that we had not won this championship for 22 years was a big thing with us, it was a big incentive for the players.
‘We have been coming for the last few years, we have been challenging, and surely we deserve this championship win’, Gavin added.
‘St. Patrick’s really put it up to us and led us on three occasions during the second half.
‘We are not good at leading from the front, we just do not seem able to push on from there. We are better at coming from behind.
‘ We knew that a team like St. Patrick’s with such good players was always going to come at us. St. Patrick’s were always going to have their good spell and we had to minimise their scoring.
‘We never let St. Patrick’s get more than a point ahead. It was always going to be close and neither team was going to run away with it.
‘We kept clawing St. Patrick’s back and then James Doyle fired over the lead point and the lads held out for the last few minutes.
‘For a moment, though, I thought we were going to have to face extra time when St. Patrick’s won a free. It was nearly a repeat of the one that Paul Earls scored to tie the drawn match but lucky for us he put this one wide.’
Kiltegan’s Manager Gavin Wynne raises his arms in triumph after the final whistle on Sunday.