A weekend to remember for proud father John

Carlow senior hurling manager John Meyler enjoyed a landmark weekend that saw him celebrate his 30th wedding anniversary, victory for Mount Leinster Rangers in the AIB Leinster final and a first Premier League goal for son David.

Meyler was present at the KC Stadium on Sunday afternoon as David’s second-half effort helped Hull City to secure three valuable points against Liverpool.

But he kept in touch with events at Nowlan Park via text message and after Mount Leinster Rangers created history by defeating Oulart, a super Sunday was complete when David popped up with a clinical left-footed strike to floor the visiting Reds.

The 24-year-old Republic of Ireland international celebrated by flashing a customised shin-pad at TV cameras — bearing the Christian names of his father John, mother Stella and sister Sarah. And yesterday, John and Stella celebrated 30 years of marriage.

John smiled: “The Cork boys know where I was, my buddies.

“They were sending me the texts and I knew that it was 5-3 at half-time, no wind and a lot of wides. I was standing and roaring across at the lad with me when Mount Leinster Rangers won and then David drops in a goal. What more could a fella want? Only a ham sandwich and a cup of tea!”

Naturally, Meyler would have been present to witness the Mount Leinster Rangers victory but the trip to Hull was prearranged and family came first. He added: “I know the Mount Leinster Rangers lads inside out — they trained with Carlow during the summer.

“From winning the All-Ireland intermediate title in 2012 to winning the Leinster senior title says an awful lot about the club. That’s a reflection of the Coadys and the Byrnes and what they represent.

“To me, Eddie Coady is the epitome of the inter-county hurler — the guy who wears it, who plays hurling, who wants to play for his club and his county, until he’s told that he’s over 50 and it’s time to go.”

Meanwhile, Meyler expressed huge pride after watching his son. But he acknowledged: “The problem with the Premier League is that you’re on against Arsenal on Wednesday night. It’s not like the Mount Leinster Rangers win where you talk about the match for the week. David has to move on quickly and get ready for Wednesday. There’s no real time for reflection.”


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