Wednesday 17 January 2018

O'Brien bows out on very high note

THIS WAS Enniscorthy's seventh title, with their last one captured in 2012 and only three players started on Sunday that played three years ago: Ross Barbour, Ivan Poole and Declan O'Brien.

'It was a tough, close, dogged game and you can take it from the horse's mouth it is my last game and I am delighted to bow out with another medal,' man of the match O'Brien said.

'Kilkenny were a decent side and I thought against a strong wind we were outstanding and patient but to be fair to Kilkenny they just would not go away. It probably wasn't a wonderful match to watch but it was tough to play in.

'It has been some year, almost winning the league, winning both cups, and credit to everyone associated with the club .It is also fantastic that all of the lads are local and I think that is even better. The challenge next year will now be immense but we can forget about that for a few weeks.'

Team captain Killian Lett described it as an 'unbelievable win considering we didn't really get going at all but the wind was a real nuisance.

'There was a lot of pressure on us to succeed but look, we did enough at the end. I am thrilled for the team and the club and we have wonderful supporters which I want to personally thank on behalf of all the players,' he added.

'I now have a coveted Towns Cup medal which I always wanted to win. We are holding a big night at the dogs in Enniscorthy Greyhound Track next Sunday and it will be brilliant to be able to parade the cup and I would appeal to everyone to come out and support us please.'

Head coach Damian McCabe said 'I feel sorry for Kilkenny losing two years in a row because to be honest we can play better than that.

'I have no idea why our line-out and setpieces were so off but you get days like that and finals are often poor spectacles with no one wanting to lose.

'We had a lot of opportunities but wasted many. I am delighted for Declan O'Brien who finished a wonderful playing career today but I am also proud of all the lads because I think we deserved to get something out of this season.'

Don't forget that night at the dogs in Enniscorthy Greyhound Track on Sunday, May 3, when you can help the team celebrate this momentous achievement.

Wexford People

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