Wednesday 21 November 2018

Con Houlihan: 'Paddy dashed back to his goal like a woman who smells a cake burning ... '

PIC.1. PADDY CULLEN , RUNS BACKJ IN VAIN TO TRY AND STOP MIKEY SHEEHY,S FREE.......SEPT 78...
PIC.1. PADDY CULLEN , RUNS BACKJ IN VAIN TO TRY AND STOP MIKEY SHEEHY,S FREE.......SEPT 78...

Con Houlihan

IF A MAN who fishes for salmon with a stake net had seen his cordage dance as often as Paddy Cullen did in this astonishing All-Ireland final, he would have been very happy indeed with his day's work.

But there is an immensity of difference between bending to take out a salmon and stooping to pick up a ball that has got past you -- and for long years to come Paddy will now and then rack his brains and try to find out what happened him yesterday.

At about 20 minutes to four he had every reason to feel that his bowl of glory was about to flow over: Dublin were playing as if determined to get a patent for a new brand of Gaelic football -- and Paddy, himself, was ruling his territory with a style and authority redolent of Bat Masterson.

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