With the presentation of the Stephen Dorrigan Cup and the Philly McGuinness Man of the Match award, it was very easy to understand the emotion coming from the Gortletteragh camp last Saturday, with manager Mickey Dorrigan particularly delighted at Gortletteragh’s first title since 1998.
By John Connolly
“The reaction is obviously an unbelievable feeling because, as you know, it was a very emotional day,” Mickey told the Observer after the match, “The Cup was presented by the Cardiff family on behalf of my son Stephen and the Philly McGuinness trophy on behalf of Philly.
“It is doubly sweet on the basis of the Cup is named after Stephen. It was 1998 we last won the Cup, we disbanded for a few years, St. Mary’s took over and we came back again, I have to say with the help of the clubs.”
Paying tribute to his players, Mickey praised the magnificent effort turned in by the Gortletteragh players over two games that went to extra time - “Even if we had lost today, we couldn’t have asked for any more and we would have had to accept defeat but thank god, we didn’t have to go down that road this evening.
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