Kerry legend Fitzgerald aiming to cap comeback year in style
Published 24/12/2011 | 05:00
FORMER Kerry great Maurice Fitzgerald will line out for his club St Mary's in the South Kerry senior football final this afternoon, intent on ending his comeback year in memorable style.
The 42-year-old former All-Ireland-winning Kerry star is expected to start in midfield in the district final against Declan O'Sullivan's Dromid Pearses at Waterville (1.30), alongside Kerry All Star footballer Bryan Sheehan.
Victory in the decider would cap a fantastic comeback for Fitzgerald, who had taken a year out last season -- a campaign that saw St Mary's win the Kerry, Munster and All-Ireland junior club titles.
But returning to club action in the South Kerry junior championship this season, the former Kingdom ace soon stepped back into the senior set-up, rolling back the years with a power-packed performance in St Mary's semi-final win over St Michaels/Foilmore.
Best remembered for his 1997 All-Ireland final performance against Mayo and his legendary sideline point against Dublin in Thurles back in 2001, Fitzgerald can add yet another medal to a glittering collection today, with St Mary's favourites to complete the three-in-a-row.
The last time Fitzgerald played in a South Kerry final, he produced a man-of-the-match display against Skellig Rangers in 2009.
Highlighting Fitzgerald's longevity is the fact that fellow Kerry football great Seamus Moynihan played his last club game for Glenflesk last Sunday, aged 38.
Fitzpatrick is Murtagh fan
LOUTH football manager Peter Fitzpatrick says ace forward John Murtagh would be "an asset" to the Wee County if he decides to transfer from Armagh.
Fitzpatrick was commenting on reports linking the former Crossmaglen stalwart with a move from the Orchard County.
Murtagh, who joined Dublin club Parnells from Crossmaglen earlier this year, was born in Louth and so he would be eligible to line out with Fitzpatrick's team.
The move would almost certainly be an attractive proposition for Murtagh as Armagh boss Paddy O'Rourke has told the player he could not guarantee him a starting place.
"He's a very fine footballer who would be an asset to any inter-county side, and we certainly would welcome him to our set-up," Fitzpatrick said.