‘It was a great game of football’
BALTINGLASS Junior ladies manager Paidi Swinburne praised both teams for the excellent contest they produced in the opening game of the triple header in Blessington on Sunday in what de describes as a ‘great advertisement’ for ladies football.
‘I thought it was a great game of football. I thought it was a great advertisement for ladies football. I know it’s down here as a Junior match but if anyone came in here, a neutral, they’d have to say that that’s Intermediate or Senior level. It was up and down the field. It’s tough for any team to lose,’ said the Monaghan native.
‘I think the good start gave us a cushion which helped. AGB came back and they’re very, very good, but the 10 points we got early were a big help,’ he added.
Both sides fielder very young teams with just a sprinkling of experienced stalwarts in various positions. Paidi says that the mix of the group and the fact that they were training with the seniors alll year was aq major boost.
‘We’re a very young team, bar the two or three elder states people, and they really seem to enjoy training and playing together. A great benefit to us was training with the Seniors.
‘We all trained together, and that’s massive. It’s bringing everybody on and hopefully it brings the club on.
‘Delighted with effort, the will to win and the never-say-die attitude. It was great to see it in both teams,’ he said.
Paidi says he was delighted for the players after eight months of hard work.
‘Very pleased for the girls, very pleased after eight months of work. We’ve been training since February 1, both squads together and I’m delighted for them,’ he said.
Baltinglass will look to the championship clash with An Tochar as the key to their success. Down by five points they dug in and clawed their way back to win. And from there, there was no looking back.
‘We were five points down against An Tochar with 16 players (on the panel) and they just dug in. We got level and that was the difference. We got a bit of belief and a bit of momentum and we kicked on,’ he said.
The performance of Ella Parke at full-forward was immense on the day but Swinburne says the entire team played well and that it was the will to win that got them over the line.
‘Brilliant footballer (Ella Parke), but from the goalie to number 15, everyone done so well. It’s about the will to win, to never give up, and that’s all you can ask for, from both squads’.