Carr: Character and making the hard decisions won final for us
THE evening shadows were beginning to creep in over Parnell Park when Paddy Carr emerged from the pavilion to give his thoughts to the waiting reporters.
"We were very concerned coming into the game because we felt there would only be a kick of a ball in it. As it happened, just one or two things worked in our favour," stated the Kilmacud Crokes manager, who saluted the dedication of his squad.
"Rory O'Carroll got up at 5.30am on Saturday and he spent 14 hours travelling because of all the problems in France," revealed Paddy.
"As I often say to the lads, winners are the people who make the hard decisions. We set very high standards at Kilmacud and I'm just so happy that the lads have really stepped up to them and that they have got their reward.
"The fellas come through and they realise how privileged they are to play for Kilmacud. It's a very special dressing-room. It's a place where every young lad wants to be. They learn so much about themselves and the value of the collective.
"We have created a very special mindset in that dressing-room. In the last 10 minutes against St Vincent's in the semi-final, we were out on our feet.
"We just about managed to get over the line and that's the kind of character you need to win championships.
"The Dublin Championship is a very special championship, and we are all just thrilled that we came out on the right side of the result."
Paddy also praised St Brigid's. "Absolute credit is due to St Brigid's on what they have achieved. They have had a magnificent run. From their starting point this season, they built up so much momentum. We have great respect for the people they have in their dressing-room."
One of those figures is Gerry McEntee, the St Brigid's Director of Football. "We were slow to start," admitted Gerry. "We missed a lot of chances. I think we had eight wides in the first half.
"We could have gone in three or four points up at the break, but we didn't. We missed some scorable opportunities.
"The wind was a strong factor. We had it in the first half and you could where Crokes dropped in a couple of shots short.
"We were hoping to get a better start in the second half, but Crokes got more of the breaking ball. And they did that from the start of the match to the end. They got much more breaking ball than we did around the middle of the pitch.
"Crokes got the goals and they got a bit of a run on us. It was difficult then because we had to push up and leave space at the back.
"We have no complaints. The better team won on the day.
"We have had a great year in the club, but losing the county final is no consolation to this team."