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RATHNEW Chair­man Bobby Dignam launched a scathing at­tack on Wicklow Se­nior foot­ball man­ager Johnny Magee at Mon­day night’s County Board meet­ing.

The heavy crit­i­cism comes in the af­ter­math of the trou­bling de­feat suf­fered by the Wicklow foot­ballers at the hands of Leitrim in Joule Park Aughrim on Sun­day af­ter­noon last.

Rathnew’s Dignam found fault with the warm ups ahead of the game, the team se­lec­tion and poor run en­dured by the foot­ballers since the former Dublin star took over the job from Harry Mur­phy.

“I re­ally just can’t fig­ure out what we are go­ing to do with the present set up. I watched a warm up yesterday that the likes of Dublin would do. Twenty min­utes non stop run­ning backwards and for­wards across a pitch and then come out and run 70 min­utes on a heavy pitch. It’s not Dublin he’s train­ing. It’s Wicklow,” said Dignam.

“Also, the team se­lec­tion. I can’t un­der­stand what he’s do­ing. We had six Se­nior play­ers on the subs yesterday, two from Bless­ing­ton, two from Pat’s and two from Bray. These men have played Se­nior foot­ball in this county for the last 10 years and they’re not good enough to get on the county team.

“Hon­est to God, Chair­man, it’s so em­bar­rass­ing to go up there, I’ve been at all the O’Byrne Cup games bar one and, I mean, there is no progress. I don’t want to keep go­ing on about this but it was an ab­so­lute dis­grace the way we played yesterday. We were sec­ond best all over the place and we’re do­ing three or four nights a week for what.

Bobby Dignam also said that he had been op­posed to Johnny Magee as Wicklow man­ager since the start and he wasn’t go­ing to be chang­ing.

“I’ve been op­posed to him (Johnny Magee) for the length of term he’s there and I’ll op­pose him un­til he’s gone,” he added.

Martin Cole­man said that the clubs in Wicklow had ac­cepted Johnny Magee as man­ager and that it was not an overnight process.

“We put a man­ager in place and the clubs ac­cepted that man­ager and what he was try­ing to do,” said the County Chair­man.

“It’s not an overnight process. There’s a lot of young play­ers com­ing through and we have to be pa­tient and give them time. We haven’t the qual­ity of play­ers that we had eight or 10 years ago,” he said.

When con­tacted by the Wicklow/Bray Peo­ple in re­la­tion to the com­ments by Bobby Dignam, Johnny Magee de­clined to com­ment.

More in­side. DAINA MOOREHOUSE of En­niskerry Box­ing Club did her county and prov­ince proud on Sun­day as she took gold in Swe­den.

The 15-year-old was part of a team of eight fe­male box­ers rep­re­sent­ing Le­in­ster in the Golden Girl tour­na­ment in Bo­ran, Swe­den.

The Le­in­ster team was led by coaches Paul O’Toole and Eve Carr of En­niskerry and Linda Mor­gan of Ark­low, with Am­ber Byrne rep­re­sent­ing the Ark­low Box­ing Club in the ring as well.

Daina took on the English cham­pion Ali­cia Parkes in the fi­nal at 46kg. Daina dom­i­nated her taller op­po­nent in the first fi­nal on Sun­day morn­ing, us­ing her su­pe­rior speed and foot­work to dom­i­nate from the start.

As Parkes came for­ward, Moorehouse con­tin­u­ally caught her with a com­bi­na­tion of hooks on the spin.

The judges’ score cards re­flected the Le­in­ster box­ers su­pe­rior skill set with a 3-0 re­sult much to the de­light of the Ir­ish sup­port.

The tour­na­ment was streamed live so Daina’s fam­ily and club mates were able to watch her take gold.

The Golden Girl tour­na­ment at­tracts teams from all over the world each year.

All at En­niskerry BC are ex­tremely proud of Daina on an­other re­mark­able achieve­ment.

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