Classy Kiltegan side take home Miley Cup
Underdogs bridge 22-year gap since last Senior success
THE elixir that energises any sport is to see new champions on the plinth.
New leaders breathe new life into a championship and bring fresh hope to all minnows.
On Sunday last the torch of Wicklow football passed to a new generation and, for that reason, the success of Kiltegan in the senior final is to be warmly welcomed.
No doubt there are clubs up and down the county who are saying to themselves: ‘if Kiltegan can do it, so can we’ and that can only be good for the game of football in the county.
The maestro himself, Mick O’Dwyer, was at the finals, draw and replay, with his selectors, casting his slide rule over new talent that hopefully he can bring into the county team and build on the progress that has been achieved over the last two years.
For the moment though we join with Kiltegan in celebrating their very popular win, as they were bridging a 22 year gap to their last senior football championship win in 1986, it was the stuff that dreams are made of.
Without being a classic, the 2008 finals were one of the best for years in terms of honest endeavour from the teams, drama, excitement and nail biting finishes and over the two games the best team won.
To Kiltegan go the laurel wreaths of victory, but at this time we should also remember that it takes two to tango and St. Patrick’s played a big part in shaping and moulding this year’s final into the spectacle it was.
There is little rest for Kiltegan or time to celebrate as their senior hurlers are in action this weekend in the championship semi-final where they take on defending champions Glenealy, with the winners to take on Carnew in the final.
Glenealy will start as the favourites to advance and it is a big ask to expect Kiltegan take a step towards completing a senior double.
But stranger things have happened and perhaps the hurlers will now draw strength, courage and inspiration from the success of their footballers.
Kiltegan’s captain Stephen Corrigan holds aloft the Miley Cup after his side’s victory over St. Patrick’s in the Senior Football Championship final replay in Aughrim on Sunday.