Kiltegan triumph in fitting tribute to a great player and gentleman
GAELIC GAMES SEAMUS MILEY MEMORIAL CUP
Kiltegan 1-12; Wicklow Selection 1-6: Kiltegan won their second ‘Miley Cup’ of the year in Dunlavin on Sunday.
This was not the real ‘Miley’ but a new cup put up by the Dunlavin club to honour the memory of one of their greatest players Seamus Miley who lost his life in a tragic accident at work last year.
Seamus was not just a great player for club and county but one of nature’s gentlemen and was loved and admired by all who had the privilege of knowing him.
The Dunlavin club intend to make this an annual event where the people of the parish and lovers of football from all parts of the county can gather to remember and honour a player who gave them so much pleasure in his playing days.
To kick off the tournament the club invited the county champions Kiltegan to take on a Wicklow selection on their fine new playing field.
Great Wicklow and Leinster footballer Peter Clarke and former Stratford player Fergal Kelly, a personal friend of Seamus were asked to select and manage the ‘ Wicklow’ team, all of whom would have played alongside Seamus in the Blue and Gold and are still playing.
While all proceeds were going to charity this was not the usual ‘charity’ match, but quite a competitive battle that fully entertained the big crowd on a glorious sunny, but cold Sunday evening.
It was clear from the start that both sides wanted to get their hands on this lovely new cup and were prepared to put in the effort.
A goal from the penalty spot by Stephen Miley after Paul Keogh was pulled down had ‘Wicklow’ leading for most of the first-half but two points by county final hero James Doyle edged Kiltegan in front – 0-6 to 1-2 – at halftime.
The result hung in the balance right up to the closing minutes when a goal by county full-forward Seánie Furlong sealed victory for the champions.
The cup was presented by Kevin Miley, a brother of Seamus who had played a centre half back, to the Kiltegan captain John O’Toole.
The Under-8 footballers from Dunlavin and Kiltegan played a mini-match during the interval and playing on the home side was Alan Miley, Seamus’s young son.
After the matches both footballs were autographed by both teams and presented to Alan Miley
Wicklow team: Robert Hollingsworth ( St. Pat’s); Brian Whelan (Baltinglass), Robert Doyle (Carnew), Derek Byrne (Baltinglass); Timmy Collins (Carnew), Kevin Miley and Shane Corrigan (Dunlavin); Pat Browne (Ballymore), Fergus Daly (Blessington); Thomas Harney (Dunlavin), Paul Allen (Hollywood), Keith Byrne (Shillelagh); Stephen Miley ( 1-5, Dunlavin), Stephen Byrne (Shillelagh), Paul Keogh (Kilbride) Subs (all used) - Liam Cullen and Donal McGillycuddy ( An Tochar); Conor Miley (Dunlavin), Nicky Murphy (Tinahely), Shay Nolan (An Tochar).
Kiltegan: Ned Doyle; Nial Foley, John Farrell, Lorcan Byrne; Pádraig Keogh, Rory Finn (0-1), Patrick Finn; John O’Toole, Adrian Foley (0-3); John Keogh, James Doyle (03), Keith Furlong ( 0-2); Christy O’Toole (0-1), Seánie Furlong (1-3), Stephen Farrell. Subs used – Ray Nolan, John Byrne, James O’Brien.
The whole idea came from Dunlavin and Wicklow player Mick Murtagh but he was too busy on the public address system to take any part in the match.
All-Ireland referee Mick Monaghan (Kildare) was in charge of the whistle.
The teams in the ninimatch lined out as follows:
Dunlavin: Alan Miley (Captain), Mark Reid, Darragh Dillon, Thomas Moran, Oisin Sinnott, Conor Carty, Patrick Healy, Henry Healy; David Lawlor, MJ Moran, Shane O’Rourke, Daire Wright, and Jack Reid.
Kiltegan: Brendan Foley, TJ Kenny, Andy Foley, Darragh Byrne, Adam Wynne, Jack Duffy; Robert Moore, Pádraig O’Toole, Keane Furlong, Niall Gartland and Colm Keogh.
Kevin Miley (brother) and Alan Miley (son) of the late Seamus Miley present the Seamus Miley Memorial Cup to Kiltegan captain John O'Toole.