Man­nion played ‘on one leg’

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Kil­macud Crokes joint­man­ager Rob­bie Bren­nan ad­mit­ted that Paul Man­nion was play­ing “on one leg” when he fired the club to Dublin SFC suc­cess.

All-star Man­nion clutched his ham­string in the open­ing min­utes but played through the pain and scored 1-6 all from play.

It was his 57th minute goal that ul­ti­mately killed off Kevin Mcmana­mon’s St Jude’s who bat­tled bravely through­out.

Bren­nan said Man­nion has a back/ham­string prob­lem and was trou­bled through­out. “He’s had a nig­gle, a kind of a back in­jury and it flared up there in the first 10 or 15 min­utes with the ham­string,” said Bren­nan. “So he did that on one leg — and you know what he’s like on two legs!

“We were say­ing be­fore that it was go­ing to be bril­liant from Paul or it was go­ing to be tight. He was strug­gling with the ham­string so we re­ally weren’t sure how it would play out.

“For him to pull that out of the bag was just in­cred­i­ble. But ev­ery­one has seen what he’s ca­pa­ble of all year. Thank God he did it again to­day.”

Man­nion looks a shoo-in for back-to-back All-stars but the in­jury could af­fect his par­tic­i­pa­tion in the Le­in­ster club cham­pi­onship. Crokes re­turn to ac­tion on Sun­day week against Meath cham­pi­ons St Peter’s, Dun­boyne.

Ex-wick­low boss Johnny Magee, the other Crokes joint man­ager, said: “Paul is a re­ally good foot­baller, he’s had a se­ri­ous year for Dublin. He al­ways puts in a big shift. For us, we want him close to the goal and look at the re­turn we got from him.”

— Paul Keane

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