The TSDL once again showed its place at the top level of Junior football when it provided a trio of players to the Irish team which famously won the UEFA Regions Cup last week, beating a strong Croatian side by a single goal in the tournament final.
At the heart of the Irish defence, which had been marshaled for the best part of the last decade by the incomparable James “Chalkie” Walsh, the steel on this occasion was more than provided by James’ team mate and friend Paul Breen. Paul is an immense player in his own right, and has now been an International player for a number of years, and is one of the first names on Gerry Smith’s team sheet when the Irish Amateurs are selected. Winning this trophy though, puts Paul out on his own among his peers, as he has now secured every honour available to him at Amateur level on the local, national, and international stage.
Alongside Paul in the Irish squad this week were his partner in the St Michael’s defence, Christopher Higgins who is an accomplished full back and also an international for a number of years. Christopher has been plagued by injury over the last couple of seasons, but his inclusion in the squad despite this, is an indication of the respect in which he is held by the Irish management team. And ahead of these two is the Cappaghwhite Flyer, wing wizard Jimmy Carr. Jimmy has been breaking the hearts of defenders for the last number of seasons, and has now brought his trickery to the international stage, where he was once again a nightmare for full backs throughout the tournament.
As for the St Michael’s club, to have one player capped for national honours, is a huge acheivement, but to have three is something almost unbelievable and shows the huge amount of respect the Tipperary Town club are held in Irish Amateur football circles.
Well done from all at the TSDL