Monday 24 September 2018

Blue Panther praises Lally and O’Gara

THE Blue Panther was on the Dublin GAA Show (Dublin City FM, Wednesdays, 7pm, 103.2fm).

He was reflecting on the Laois game. He had particular praise for Declan Lally. “He’s fast, strong and courageous.”

Anton was also happy to see the return of his Templeogue/Synge Street colleague, Eoghan O’Gara. “He gives you a good physical presence in attack, a different option.”

When Anton O’Toole played for the Dubs, one of the most delightful parts of summer was to see him jinking in from the wing with the ball linked to foot and hand with an invisible string. The purring Panther was poetry in motion.

YOUNG Patrick McBrearty once again showed his quality for Donegal against Cavan in the Ulster Championship at Breffni Park on Sunday.

Patrick has a sweet left peg. They know all about it at the Iveagh Grounds in Crumlin where he played his early football with St James Gaels.

Last month in Ballybofey, Patrick played for the Donegal minors before, on the same afternoon, coming off the bench to help the seniors defeat Antrim in the Ulster Championship.

He made such an impact that he started against Cavan last Sunday, and all his many friends and admirers at St James’s Gaels were delighted.

Yet Cavan chief, Val Andrews, must have wished that Patrick’s family hadn’t moved back to Donegal all those years ago!

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