THE MAJORITY of the large crowd leaving Aughrim last Sunday evening couldn't have been anything but thrilled at the superb display of football served up by both St Patrick's and Baltinglass in the Wicklow Senior football final.
In a GAA year that has been dogged by controversy and disciplinary problems it was a wonderful sight to see two teams going out to play good, honest football.
This final however is not without it's controversy with a late free given to St Patrick's by referee John Keenan, who adjudged Baltinglass goalkeeper John Flynn to have overcarried the ball, being the main talking point especially in Baltinglass circles, since the final whistle sounded in Aughrim.
Supporters have taken to online discussion boards to voice their anger and frustration at such a decision that they see as costing their team the championship having trained hard all year.
A video of the incident, released online following the final, shows the Baltinglass and Wicklow netminder leaping to claim a Tommy Kelly free that had dropped short into the small square.
Flynn gathers, stumbles, is harassed by a St Pat's attacker and then releases the ball in what seems to be about four seconds.
The resulting free provided the equaliser to St Patrick's and supersub Donie Fitzgerald popped over a beauty to claim the Wicklow Town side's first county title in six years.
The result sparked off wild scenes of jubilation and joy among the St Patrick's supporters who flocked on to the Aughrim pitch to witness captain Darragh O'Sullivan lift the Miley Cup.
From here the blue army returned home to Wicklow Town where they celebrated long into the night and the following day.
Up next for the champions is a testing encounter in the Leinster club championship against the Carlow winners. That final takes place this weekend and sees Eire Og taking on Palatine with both teams looking decidely impressive in the latter stages of their championships.