Gallant footballers go down with pride and reputation intact
MILLSTREET'S epic voyage in the Munster Junior A Football Championship came to an end at the penultimate stage following a five point defeat to hosts Brosna last Sunday.
Close on 2,500 patrons convened at a picturesque setting, with plaudits to the Brosna club on their superb arrangements. On the field, Millstreet's hopes had been dealt a series of blows on the unavailability and injuries to key players.
Still, Millstreet gave it their best shot, and got off to a dream start before conceding a fortuitous goal against the run of play. All through Millstreet attempted to win back the initiative yet by the end of the hour they will acknowledge that Brosna emerged the better equipped outfit and deservedly advance to the provincial showpiece and are fancied to maintain the terrific record of Kerry teams in the competition.
2014 will be remembered as the season Millstreet returned to the big stage. After a frustrating 51 year spell, a county title was lifted. Time and again during a remarkable campaign, Millstreet dug in with stubborn intent that paved the way to Duhallow and county honours.
Following a nine game sequel of twists and turns, hailed in colour and verse, Millstreet GAA appreciate the diverse support from far and wide, with thanks extended to clubs right across the county for their kind messages on phone, email, twitter, facebook and signs.
All involved in the triumphant march can take a well deserved short break before plans will be put in place for 2015, with Millstreet returning to intermediate status for the first time since 1997.
Meanwhile, the females from the Millstreet Junior A Football side enjoyed a better return on Sunday night, Millstreet players proving a key input to the Dromtariffe side, dramatic winners of the Co. Ladies Junior Football League title at the expense of Watergrasshill in Mallow. Congratulations to Dromtariffe on their success and promoting ladies football.