An­drews switches on af­ter Blues axe

Irish Daily Mirror - - SPORT - BY MICHAEL SCULLY

PADDY AN­DREWS sat in his liv­ing room and watched the All-ire­land fi­nal in 2011 on his own. Dropped from the panel by Pat Gilroy, who said that while his tal­ent was un­ques­tioned his work ethic was not at the level re­quired, An­drews (left) later de­scribed it as a “light switch mo­ment”. To­mor­row the St Brigid’s marks­man could win his fourth All-ire­land ti­tle with the Dubs. “He took it hard, nat­u­rally enough” said for­mer team-mate Barry Cahill. “He got dropped off the panel af­ter the League fi­nal de­feat to Cork. We won the All-ire­land ob­vi­ously and ev­ery­thing that goes with that. “He was ob­vi­ously de­lighted for the play­ers, for his friends and team-mates that he knew very well – my­self and Alan Bro­gan and a cou­ple of other lads in par­tic­u­lar. “But it was a tough time for him, def­i­nitely, be­cause he was on a cross­roads. It hadn’t taken off. He’d played in a num­ber of po­si­tions. “An op­tion for any player that gets dropped is that they can go back to their club and ap­ply them­selves prop­erly and hope that they get an­other chance. “Pat brought him back into the squad in 2012, but it was re­ally Jim Gavin’s ap­point­ment that gave him a bit of pep in his step be­cause he’d worked with Jim at un­der-21 level and Jim was fond of him. Also De­clan Darcy com­ing in – De­clan would be a bit of a men­tor for Paddy. “In 2013, he just de­cided it was now or never, that he wasn’t go­ing to get an­other chance if he blew it un­der Jim. But he has re­ally blos­somed.” An­drews has stayed in the Dublin for­ward line at a time when Bernard Bro­gan, Paul Flynn and Kevin Mc­mana­mon have sat out. He’s a lit­tle younger than that trio but Cahill, a St Brigid’s col­league, points to the 29-yearold’s con­sis­tently good club form and his adapt­abil­ity. “The fact that he can play all six at­tack­ing po­si­tions does ben­e­fit him,” said Cahill. “Nowa­days with sys­tems and ev­ery­one in­ter­chang­ing, he asks the op­po­si­tion de­fend­ers a lot of ques­tions. “Paddy is still a small bit un­der­rated out­side of Dublin. “He’s al­ways look­ing to give the ball to some­one in a bet­ter po­si­tion. That’s para­mount when you’re play­ing un­der Jim Gavin.”

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