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Wednesday 27 August 2014

Paul Morris seizes moment at second attempt

Diarmuid Lyng

Published 16/07/2014 | 02:30

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Paul Morris celebrates with Wexford fans after Saturday's qualifier replay victory over Clare. Photo: Dáire Brennan / SPORTSFILE
Paul Morris celebrates with Wexford fans after Saturday's qualifier replay victory over Clare. Photo: Dáire Brennan / SPORTSFILE

Nice fella, Wexford's half-forward Paul Morris. Gifted, but not entirely sure what to do with the gift. How to fully step up to the plate. He kept putting himself out there. Kept putting on the boots. Kept the wrists moving.

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Eventually someone called time and he was ready. Ready to fail. And he did.

In the dying moments of normal time against Clare in Cusack Park he had a chance to win the game for Wexford. He didn't fully believe in himself so he passed the buck. Gareth Sinnott shot wide and the replay was set up.

I'm sure Paul agonised over that last play. Asked himself deep inside, 'am I good enough to take that on?'. His gift, to me, is plain to see. The unassuming leader who hadn't quite filled the shirt.

Fast-forward a week. Clare and Wexford, in the dying seconds, are level again. Paul is soloing again. He's out of catches again. The chance is a half-chance, but for Paul it's the greatest chance he'll get. Don't give the pass, Paul. Step up. And he did.

Off the hurl. Over the bar. Disbelief. Elation. Pandemonium. Amongst the mayhem was a man that kept putting himself out there. Failed. And then arrived.

Irish Independent

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