MONASTEREVAN’S full back and captain, John Dempsey, said after Sunday’s grerat win that it was a proud day indeed for Monasterevan but was nothing they did not deserve after the hard work the 25 players, selectors and everyone involved with the club have put in, writes Tommy Callaghan.
John had big praise for the supporters who travelled in huge numbers on Sunday while admitting that they (the team) nearly left it too late on the day.
The Monasterevan captain said that “this win today shows just how strong the intermediate championship is in Kildare, this being the third time in four years a Kildare side have won it.”
Having lost their opening game of the championship in a replay John said that after that set back “we really knuckled down, we put in the hard work and as it showed there today the hard work pays off; we’ll enjoy this win tonight and we are already looking forward to the All Ireland semi final.”
Meanwhile Wayne Fitzpatrick said despite only leading by a point at the break and going two behind in the second half he was always confident they could come back to win.
“I always believed we could do it; I have great belief in this time, we all have after the work we have all put into this this year; you have to have belief, you’ll win nothing if you don’t have belief and we have that and that is why we won today; it’s incredible really; the best day of my life; we’ll enjoy this tonight, regroup and then prepare for the All Ireand semi final.”
Midfield Leonard Havens said “this is an unbelieveable feeling; it will take a while to sink in; it was a very very tough game; the hardest game I was ever involved in what with the conditions and everything; just trying to hold on to the ball, it was unreal but we got through it.”
Asked how he felt after scoring just a single point in the opening half he said “we knew we were creating the chances and we kept saying it would happen; just keep cool but the scores will come; keep to the game plan, keep going, keep going; keep working like we have done all the year and thankfully we got there; we are a very fit team and while we were stuck to the ground a little today with the conditions which probably helped O’Connells a bit but we pulled through in the end are just delighted.”