"Any time New York wins something in Ireland it is absolutely a huge boost"

July 19, 2023

New York's Shay McElligot and Conor Matthews celebrate the win over Kilkenny at Croke Park ©INPHO/Evan Treacy

New York selector Kevin Moriarty described last Sunday’s All-Ireland junior football championship final victory over Kilkenny as “absolutely fantastic”.

The Exiles made history at Croke Park after defeating their Leinster counterparts on a 0-13 to 1-9 scoreline, with Brian Coughlan sending over the winner in the second minute of injury-time.

It marked a first All-Ireland football title for New York and, speaking to GAA.ie, Moriarty described the success as a huge boost to Gaelic football in the Big Apple.

“It is absolutely fantastic, we have had a great year since last November,” he said.

“We've been going hard with seniors and juniors, and all of the support we have got from the clubs.

“It is fabulous to win this, we were here last year, we got beaten. We knew we had a job to do this year, we came, we worked hard, and we got the victory. It is absolutely brilliant.”

The selector added: “Everything is a positive, every time we win something or come to Ireland for the Féile, an U16, U17, boys, girls, and camogie, any time New York wins something in Ireland it is absolutely a huge boost.”

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