Sweeney euphoric after 'incredible' comeback

December 18, 2017

Moorefield's Ronan Sweeney with manager Ross Glavin.
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Ronan Sweeney believes Moorefield's Leinster club SFC final comeback was better than Kildare's in their 2000 Leinster SFC final win over Dublin.

The 37-year-old former county star was immense as the never-say-die Newbridge outfit came from six points down with a minute of normal time remaining to beat St. Loman's by a point in a dramatic decider at O'Moore Park.

"No I don't think so," 'Roly' said when asked if it was the best comeback he had ever been involved in.

"Maybe in 2000 when we beat the Dubs, we were six down at half-time but we'd a whole half to do that. This was five minutes to go. It was incredible really and I just can't put it into words."

Sweeney was full of praise for the club championship, but feels it's being undermined by being played so late in the year.

"This is the best competition I've ever played in, Leinster club championship is by far the best competition in Gaelic Games I think. I've always thought it," he continued.

"Probably doesn't get enough recognition around the country. Even being played at this time of year, it's a grand day today but last week was a bloody joke.

"It should be in better conditions to watch the best players playing because there's nothing like the club to get the spirits going and when people buy into it as well, people are interested in it."

Moorefield lost the All-Ireland semi-final to Dr Crokes after a replay after winning their maiden Leinster club SFC title 11 years ago, and Sweeney is hoping they can amends when they meet either Corofin or Fulham Irish on February 17.

"We've such an opportunity now to go on and do something special. I never thought we'd get back to another All-Ireland semi-final, not in my time anyway.

"I think we let ourselves down in '07, in the semi-final. Against Crokes, it took us 40 minutes to realise that we're not actually that far off Crokes. We ended up drawing the game. Going into this year's game in February, we'll know straight away that we're actually capable of winning this thing, that we're just as good as anyone else."

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