Classy Kil­te­gan side take home Mi­ley Cup

Un­der­dogs bridge 22-year gap since last Se­nior suc­cess

Bray People - - Sport - Mark KENNEDY

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.

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