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Sunday 26 January 2020

McEvoy's delight at 'miskick'

Ryan McEvoy
Ryan McEvoy

It wasn't a total surprise to learn that Ryan McEvoy's late insurance point for Kilcoo on Saturday evening was doused with luck.

"I completely mis-kicked it," admitted the man with number three on his back, who also kicked two frees on Saturday in Breffni Park.

"I meant to hit it with the other side of my foot but I just about got enough power on it to get it over the bar," smiled McEvoy (above).

"I'll take it anyway."

It was that sort of night for Kilcoo.

On the one hand, they were emphatically deserving winners with no mitigation factors attached.

But so, too, did they feel the warm hand of good fortune at key moments.

In as much as McEvoy's point came from good fortune, so too did their second goal from Daryl Branagan.

And they'll know that teams who deserved to win All-Ireland semi-finals have lost them in the past.

"We battled hard," McEvoy, who lined out at wing-back, reflected.

Massive

"They really put the press on us late in the game and we couldn't get out but eventually we got out and we got the last point to get us over the line.

"I'm just delighted to be in an All-Ireland final."

According to Aidan Branagan, one of Kilcoo's outstanding co-captains along with Conor Laverty, celebrations were kept to a minimum after they beat Naomh Conaill in the Ulster final.

"We were ready for it," McEvoy insisted. "Mickey (Moran), Paul (Devlin) and Conleith (Gilligan) had done the homework during the week so it was just a matter of putting in the performance and thankfully we got over the line.

"Corofin will be a massive task for us."

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