Garrycastle manager Dessie Dolan Snr has hailed his side’s mixture of youth and experience and highlighted his son Dessie as “a great bit of stuff”.
Speaking to RTÉ Sport after Garrycastle’s 1-11 to 0-08 win over Mullingar Shamrocks at Cusack Park, Dolan said it had been “a great win for the lads. They’re the boys that won the game. They’re the guys that put in the effort for the last number of months.”
Pointing out that it was a seventh county medal for some of the Garrycastle team, Dolan said that there had been a core group that had stayed together over a number of years.
“We just looked at an under-16 picture this morning, and there were seven of the under-16 team playing today,” he said. “That just tells you the amount of dedication and the type of guys that these fellas are.
“As well as that, then, the young lads that came on today - we had five or six young lads there in their first season, and they were absolutely outstanding; played marvellous football, the way it should be played, and I’m very proud of that.”
“We just looked at an under-16 picture this morning, and there were seven of the under-16 team playing today"
An emotional Dolan also spoke about the importance to him of his family connection to Garrycastle.
“Football has been part of my life, a big part of my life. My late father and mother encouraged me to play football when I was very young.
"I played senior football for Athlone for 24 years, and I encouraged my sons to play football ... out there today, two of my sons were playing and three of my nephews were playing, and I’m hugely proud of the fact that our family is so well represented on the Garrycastle team.”
Speaking about his son Dessie, Dolan Senior said, “Marvellous. Marvellous. He’s a great bit of stuff.
"He’s an absolutely outstanding footballer, the best footballer, in my opinion, that Westmeath has ever produced.”