Dro­mid boss of­fers no ex­cuses as De­nis ‘Shine’ ends play­ing days

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over the last three months for the com­pe­ti­tion was very good, but St Marys were nearly first to every ball to­day,” he said.

He also high­lighted the in­flu­ence Bryan Shee­han and De­nis Daly had on pro­ceed­ings say­ing they were a mid­field pair­ing a lot of in­ter-county teams would be de­lighted to have but felt there was only one real mo­ment in the game where Dro­mid had a chance of vic­tory.

“The only time we looked like do­ing some­thing in the match was when we scored our first goal, but it didn’t last long with the goal they got at the other end. Phys­i­cally they were stronger than us, but we have no ex­cuses be­cause the bet­ter team won on the day.”

O’Sul­li­van dis­agreed with the no­tion that St Marys hav­ing a tougher path to the de­cider was a fac­tor be­liev­ing their en­counter with Skel­lig Rangers was a lot tougher that the score­line sug­gested but still felt that Dro­mid have much to look for­ward to in the com­ing years.

“To­day is a learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence I hope that the play­ers will take from. The fu­ture is still bright for the team and an­other year in Di­vi­sion Two of the County League should be of ben­e­fit to us for next year.”

One player Dro­mid will be say­ing farewell to is their out­go­ing Chair­man De­nis ‘Shine’ O’Sul­li­van who is re­tir­ing from mat­ters on and off the pitch in 2019 and re­ceived a great roar of ap­pre­ci­a­tion from the Dro­mid faith­ful when he came on late in pro­ceed­ings. The team man­ager spoke highly of his for­mer team­mate.

“He has been a real cen­tral fig­ure for the club and I re­mem­ber grow­ing up idol­is­ing him. He was the first guy I re­ally ad­mired in how he played the game and a re­ally whole-hearted player who has had a great ca­reer, win­ning tro­phies with not only our­selves but also South Kerry and an All-Ire­land with the Kerry Ju­niors.”

St Marys team cap­tain Dar­ragh O’Sul­li­van re­ceives the Jack Mur­phy Cup from Der­mot Walsh

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