St. Pa­trick’s are de­ter­mined to bounce back

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ST. PA­TRICK’S play­ers and man­ager Casey O’Brien were nat­u­rally dis­ap­pointed to be beaten in Sun­day’s fi­nal but side by side with that dis­ap­point­ment they are de­ter­mined to bounce back next sea­son.

’The draw and re­play were two great games. We did not let Seanie Fur­long, Derek Daly and Jacko Dal­ton dom­i­nate to the same ex­tent as in the drawn match, but still we came up that bit short in the re­play.

’Yet there was just the kick of a ball be­tween us at the end and the fi­nal could have gone ei­ther way.

’I am pleased for Kil­te­gan that they have won their first cham­pi­onship ti­tle since 1986’ Casey added. ’Twenty-two years is a long time to wait. That’s prob­a­bly why they won the fi­nal; it meant that bit more for them. They are a great club in both hurl­ing and foot­ball and I wish them well Le­in­ster. I think Kil­te­gan have a great chance of get­ting to a Le­in­ster fi­nal.

’Last Sun­day was not as free flow­ing a game of foot­ball as drawn en­counter. Yet no quar­ter was asked or given by ei­ther side, both sets of play­ers gave it their all right to the end. The re­sult hung in the bal­ance right to the last kick of the ball.

’The low scor­ing was in­dica­tive that it was not a free flow­ing game. We just did not push on when we got our nose in front in the sec­ond half. If we had got two or three points clear, I think we would have gone on and won.

’Even when we got the tonic of Paul Earls goal, we did not push on. In­stead Kil­te­gan won vi­tal ball around mid­field and John Keogh kicked a few great points from frees when they needed them. John Keogh showed nerves of steel.

’I am de­lighted for Pa­trick McWal­ter on winning the man-of-the-match award but I am sure he and all the play­ers would have ex­changed that for a win­ners medal. Pa­trick is a fan­tas­tic foot­baller and I feel that all our play­ers gave it 110 per­cent.

’A lot of our play­ers would have never tasted de­feat in a county fi­nal and whey will not want that feel­ing again.

They will be de­ter­mined to come back and avenge that de­feat. We beat Kil­te­gan two years and now they have come back and beat us. Now we will want to come back and win an­other county ti­tle. That’s what de­ter­mines great teams.’

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