Kil­te­gan tri­umph in fit­ting trib­ute to a great player and gen­tle­man

GAELIC GAMES SEA­MUS MI­LEY MEMO­RIAL CUP

Bray People - - Sports - Peter KEOGH

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.

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