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Evans heaps praise on his young footballers
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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