Knocknagree's super keeper thrilled to get over the line in junior championship

Knocknagree's super keeper thrilled to get over the line in junior championship
Knocknagree's manager/coach John Fintan Daly and captain Matthew Dilworth raise the trophy. Picture: Eddie O'Hare

ONE of the many members of the Knocknagree team that stood up and made themselves counted in last Sunday's junior final against Erin's Own was goalkeeper Patrick Doyle.

He made a crucial penalty stop as the game headed into the latter stages to help ensure Knocknagree won the Cork Junior A Football Championship for the first time since 1991.

Knocknagree were also the first side to win the junior title despite the fact they did not win their own divisional championship.

This is the first year that losing finalists were allowed to go on and also compete in the county championships. Knocknagree have most certainly seized their opportunity and it has come after what have been years of hard work.

Doyle feels that all of the efforts put in over a sustained period of time have finally paid off.

“We are delighted to have finally got it. We have been working towards this for a couple of years now and it is great to finally get there.

“We got off to a great start and the forwards were flying it there in the first half especially. They missed a penalty and if that went in it might have been a different game. 

"But we got there in the end and that is all that matters.

“To win this county title is huge for the parish. Last year we were devastated after losing in the semi-final replay to Gabriel Rangers. 

"That was a game we felt we left behind us. We said it right from the very start of the year that to win the County Championship was our main goal. 

"We got there and we are delighted now. We will drive on for the Munster Championship now and more to come now hopefully."

The success also means Knocknagree will be in the Intermediate Championship in 2018.

“To get up to the Intermediate level was what we targeted right at the very beginning of the year. 

"It will be a test for us up there and we will see how we get on when the time comes,” added Doyle, who went off to enjoy the celebrations which are sure to go on for the next few days.

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