Historic first for Fr Dalton's

October 11, 2017

Westmeath football star Kieran Martin (left) with his Fr Dalton's teammates and the Adrian Murray Cup after their side's county IHC final victory over Ringtown at Cusack Park, Mullingar.

Fr Dalton's enter the unknown this weekend as they play their first ever Leinster club match.

The Ballymore outfit defeated Ringtown in the Westmeath IHC to claim their first ever title at that level and now they embark on the provincial campaign.

Fr Dalton's chairman Brian McCabe admitted to the Westmeath Independent that it will be an historic occasion for the club as they host Louth champions Naomh Moninne at Ballymore on Saturday afternoon.

"It's been a long time coming. We finally reached the promised land and it's a great feeling. We came so close on a number of occasions down through the years but for some reason we were never able to close games out," said McCabe.

"We were very hungry to make amends this time around and I think the lads showed that on the day. Looking ahead to next Saturday, we are very much looking forward to the game.

"The monkey is off our back now so the lads can play the game without too much pressure. We are heading into uncharted waters so to speak and we don't really know what to expect. We know very little about our opponents only that they are the Louth senior hurling champions."

He added: "It's important our supporters turn out again on Saturday and I've no doubt they will. The lads have tasted success now and, fingers crossed, we can extend the Leinster campaign into November."

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