St. Patrick’s are determined to bounce back
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.’