Saturday 18 November 2017

Speedy Deely the last man standing

WE HAVE a trivia question to start this new 'Seen And Heard' column: who was the last Wexford man standing in the 2013-'14 AIB All-Ireland Club Senior football championship series?

The answer my friends is former Horeswood speedster and inter-county regular Ciarán Deely (right) who assisted London victors Kingdom Kerry Gaels in their valiant comeback in the quarter-final against Ballinderry in Ruislip on December 15.

A brave late rally saw the exiles hit 2-3 without reply to run the Derry men to five points (3-9 to 2-7), and Deely more than played his part. He was joined in the full-forward line by another Wexford man, Lloyd Colfer of Taghmon-Camross, who was a member of the London squad on their great run to a first-ever Connacht final appearance during the summer.

However, Deely earns the 'last man standing' accolade by virtue of the fact that he played the entire game for the team crowned London champions for the first time since 2004 whereas Colfer, who carried an injury into the game, was forced to retire after 38 minutes after scoring one point from a free.

What are the odds now on Deely (who scored 2-34 in 43 Senior appearances with Wexford after making his debut on April 21, 2003, against Limerick in the National League) joining Colfer on the London squad? He may be on the wrong side of 30 but they could do a lot worse.

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