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'Playing a bit of ball is the only outlet I have' - Johnny Doyle showing no signs of stopping at 42

 

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Johnny Doyle made his club championship debut for Allenwood in 1996 and he is still having a big impact on games 24 years later, as demonstrated over the weekend. Photo: Sportsfile

Johnny Doyle made his club championship debut for Allenwood in 1996 and he is still having a big impact on games 24 years later, as demonstrated over the weekend. Photo: Sportsfile

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Johnny Doyle made his club championship debut for Allenwood in 1996 and he is still having a big impact on games 24 years later, as demonstrated over the weekend. Photo: Sportsfile

The morning after the night before, Johnny Doyle and some other Allenwood footballers are at the banks of the River Slate.

The warm glow from the first-round Kildare IFC championship win over Two Mile House on Saturday night flowed through them but the aches of the previous day's exertions were starting to take hold too.

Doyle eased his 42-year-old frame into the river to let the cold water do its thing. Operating around midfield, he played 60 minutes on Saturday night, kicking six points against a team fancied to regain the senior status they lost last year.