Evans heaps praise on his young foot­ballers

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WICK­LOW Se­nior foot­ball man­ager John Evans paid trib­ute to his young side af­ter they es­caped from Cor­ri­gan Park in Belfast with what could well be a pre­cious point af­ter draw­ing with Antrim in their third NFL Divi­sion 4 clash of 2018.

The dis­ap­point­ment of Lon­don was well for­get­ten when the fi­nal whis­tle sounded and while there was re­lief at CJ McGourty miss­ing that late free, it will be Rory Finn’s sweet equaliser mo­ments ear­lier that will be re­mem­bered as the Wick­low Se­nior foot­ball ad­ven­ture starts to gain mo­men­tum.

“The lads were hurt­ing from their dis­play against Lon­don, not tak­ing from Lon­don one bit, Lon­don are a good side. But we were smart­ing a bit com­ing up here to­day and the field was cov­ered in snow and what not and we were re­duced down to 13 men at the fin­ish, but it didn’t mat­ter what the cir­cum­stances were, we were go­ing to stand up to­day,” said Wick­low boss John Evans.

“And we could have nicked it, so could they, look, un­der the cir­cum­stances, real, real ha­rass­ment and tough­ness up here in Cor­ri­gan Park, and I think, Wick­low just grew up to­day, they grew up,” he added.

Evans pointed out the dogged defence of his side as one of the key fac­tors in the huge re­cov­ery from the Lon­don clash.

“There was good pace in the first half and the field held up very well. I’m re­ally happy, we could have been one or two points up at half-time, but we were happy that we had played. We were go­ing out then to go af­ter them in the sec­ond half. We took the game to them on two or three oc­ca­sions but on my mem­ory, we came back into the game four times in the sec­ond half and on top of that we were one man down and then two men down, it didn’t mat­ter what we had, we just kept go­ing.

“We de­fended hero­ically, that’s part of what we didn’t do in the pre­vi­ous games, but look, this a team that is de­vel­op­ing and grow­ing and I’m de­lighted with the younger lads that were in there. And to see James Stafford run­ning 60 yards from across the field and beat­ing two Antrim lads to the ball was a sight to be­hold and when you have that lead­er­ship from the ex­pe­ri­enced guys the younger lads will learn,” he added.

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