‘It was a great game of foot­ball’

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - SPORT -

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’.

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