Thursday, November 21, 2019

By Kieran Murphy

TWO weeks ago, long after the full-time whistle, the St Mullins supporters were in sober mood as they remained in the ground awaiting on news of selector Micheál Ryan, who had taken ill in the final minutes of their win over Cuala. Thankfully Micheál is recovering now but he didn’t get to Netwatch Cullen Park on Sunday.

Most of those same supporters were back again on Sunday and this time they were on the field to embrace the St Mullins players while their thoughts were with Micheál.

“We thought Micheál would be out today but he wasn’t. He watched it on TV and was on the phone. He will be out in two weeks’ time and hopefully, he will be with us,” said Seamus Murphy, the St Mullins right-half forward.

The winning players and supporters were really enjoying this one now and it meant a lot to Seamus.

“It is strange the way things go. Look at the happiness here. Before this we had the best win in our history. To be able to enjoy it here and have the jubilation at the final whistle which we missed out on last week is fantastic.”

Marty Kavanagh may have scored 1-9 and James Doyle may have nailed the winning points but John Doran made one great surge out of defence in the closing minutes when players had to stand up and put in an extra effort.

“We were in trouble. We had been in the same position against Ballinkillen, Mount Leinster Rangers and Cuala. We have seen out three tight games. It was close at the end but we don’t do nervous. It was stout defending. When you have those lads up front there is always a chance of a score,” Doran maintained.

“Seamus Murphy with some great catches. Paddy Boland as well. From one to 15, everyone is doing their bit and they work like dogs. That got us over the line,” the defender said.

The renewed interest in St Mullins after the Cuala victory was reflected in the RTE cameras and a cohort from the national media.

Doran says he didn’t notice.

“We didn’t mind the cameras. We didn’t watch that match yesterday and I only found out a few minutes ago who we’re playing. That is 100%. We knew Rathdowney were a good team and had given us a good trimming in a practice match last season. We couldn’t take our eyes off the ball. We were expecting a battle and that is what we got.”

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