Hooter saved UCC last year, says Kerry’s Paul Geaney

Kerry’s Paul Geaney admits the hooter played a part in UCC’s Sigerson Cup victory last year. 

Hooter saved UCC last year, says Kerry’s Paul Geaney

Geaney was captain in Belfast when Conor Dorman sent over the winning point against UUJ in the final minute.

Shortly afterwards, the hooter sounded, confirming the end of the game just as the Jordanstown side were initiating an attack through Monaghan’s Colin Walshe.

Ahead of UCC’s defence on home soil this Friday, where the clock/hooter won’t be in operation as it was last year, Geaney says the mechanism contributed to their against-the-odds win.

“We were pretty confident having won the semi with 13 men,” he recalls.

“The buzzer system was also being trialled for the weekend, which possibly worked in our favour in the final.

“(UUJ’s) Ronan O’Neill kicked some impressive points and one, which must have been incredibly inspirational, off the outside of his right boot from 60-odd yards. That’s when I began to think maybe it’s not meant to be.

"The final few minutes were tense. I felt the tension. It had been a long weekend and a long trip to Belfast from Cork. The hooter had been introduced for the competition on trial, no better day for us. Conor Dorman kicked us a rare second-half point after a great pass from Conor Cox.

"What’s rare is wonderful; a late winning point, a buzzer system and the elusive Sigerson Cup.”

Geaney was speaking to Sportsfile describing the agency’s photograph illustrating his elation at the end of the final whistle. After missing out on the previous year’s final defeat to Dublin IT, being the winning captain was a sweetener.

“I was on a promise, one which I was keen to keep. There is no better feeling than fulfilling a promise, it felt good. Relief, joy and euphoria. They are the feelings you chase, the ones that make it all worthwhile.”

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