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Tuesday 17 October 2017

Laffan is the cure

Garry and Catherine Laffan with daughter Maria and son Aidan at Joule Park, Aughrim, on Sunday
Garry and Catherine Laffan with daughter Maria and son Aidan at Joule Park, Aughrim, on Sunday

Garry Laffan successfully managed the Glenealy Senior hurlers to a 2-12 to 0-11 victory over the four-in-a-row seeking Bray Emmets in the Wicklow Senior hurling championship final on Sunday.

The Wexford All-Ireland winner of 1996 took over as manager of Glenealy earlier this year and guided them back to the final for the first time since 2014 when Bray Emmets thwarted their five-in-a-row ambitions.

Laffan said after the victory that when he decided to take the job he had researched newspaper reports regarding Glenealy and realised that discipline was an issue for the side, so he set about correcting that as part of the plan to return them to the county decider.

And, despite nine yellow cards (five for Glenealy) in what was a dogged battle, referee Ciarán Fleming issued no red cards on Sunday as the Laffan-inspired hurlers sealed a superb victory, with a goal in each half from Alan Driver and nine points from veteran Jonathan 'Bosco' O'Neill proving vital.

Laffan was assisted in the win by his trusted sidekick, Johnny 'Honda' Doyle, who was a selector.

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