Hard graft was the key to side’s suc­cess says de­lighted Man­ager

Bray People - - Bray Sport - Mark KENNEDY

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.

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