Sunday 17 December 2017

Kiltegan v Shamrocks will be a thriller

There's nothing quite like a local derby and the Wicklow senior championship has thrown up a local of derby of sorts between Kiltegan and Shamrock's.

The Knockanana contingent in Shamrock's will have played with a lot of the Kiltegan players at juvenile level and some might even say if the boundaries were to be adhered to that perhaps some players on both sides should be playing with the opposition.

All that aside though the draw makes things very interesting for Kiltegan and Shamrock's as one of them will exit the senior championship.

One man who hopes it's not Shamrocks who go out is Knockananna's Ciaran Byrne and he says the draw was interesting:

"Well, being honest the draw could have been an awful lot worse, like you'd take a near local derby maybe before a few other teams but whatever it is about Kiltegan from a Knockanana point of view we always find them hard to beat, but Shamrock's are taking things very seriously and although they haven't been together much, they're doing very well like, so hopefully they can take Kiltegan" says Ciaran

Shamrock's could and in many peoples eyes should have been in the winners side of the draw but they went down by a goal to Rathnew and Ciaran says that was a pity:

"If Shamrock's had had any experience in the team on the day you know? like there was only a kick of the ball in it and had we been a bit more cute or whatever we wouldn't have conceded the goals, but that's senior football for you" reasons Ciaran

He finished by saying "It's going to be tough against Kiltegan, they've years of senior experience backing them up and it's not that long since they won a senior championship either, it'll be tough but we're looking forward to it".

Pat Keogh of Kiltegan says it's a great draw:

I think it's a brilliant draw, I mean we could have got Rathnew or Pats there but as it stands one of them is going out you know?"

One of Kiltegan and Shamrock's are out to though, that's the scary thing:

"Oh it''s winner takes all, like either of us lose and we're gone and you'd fancy the winner of our game to take Hollywood or Tinahely in all honesty so it could get very interesting there too".

Pat himself knows how local a derby this game is:

"I coached eight of the current Kiltegan seniors and three or four of the Knockanana lads to an under 12 championship as Michael Dwyer's you know, my lad Padraig will probably be marking Paddy Byrne when they play Shamrck's and those two are the best of friends like, so it's going to be interesting, we've injuries there too, Jacko is a big loss and I don't think we'll have him back, it could go either way on the day, who knows" offered Pat.

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