FORMER Kildare great, Athy’s Mick Carolan, a member of the Kildare Football Team of the Millennium, has strongly urged support for the Kildare footballers as they face into the last two crunch rounds of the Allianz NFL Division 2 with games against Limerick in TUS Gaelic Grounds on Sunday and Meath, in the final game in the current St Conleth’s Park on Sunday 26 March.
“Glenn Ryan, Dermot Earley, Johnny Doyle, Anthony Rainbow and Brian Lacey were good players and they are a good management team”, the former stylish centre half back and midfielder told the Kildare Nationalist this week.
“We are all asking what’s gone wrong over the last few weeks with Kildare. Well I can tell you anybody that watched them, and I had the pleasure at the courtesy of Kildare County Board along with Pa Connolly (former Kildare footballer) and his wife, Mary, of watching them playing Monaghan in the League last year. They were as good a team and played as good a game as I have ever seen a county team play anywhere and that includes the Dublin team that won the five in a row. They have drifted a little bit this year, the cause I don’t know, but I’m sure it will remedy itself.”
Looking forward to the Limerick and Meath games the Athy man said, “I’d like to wish the lads all the best on Sunday when they play Limerick and the following Sunday when they play Meath. I do hope they stay in Division 2 because they need that type of football. They’re a good team, they’re a good bunch of lads and it’s not right to knock them.”
“It’s wrong because I think criticism is a waste of time anyway, it never gets you anywhere, unless it’s logical, and I don’t think it’s logical at the moment. They’re all human beings, they’re all giving their services voluntarily so I’ll be behind them anyway, they have good footballers and Please God they’ll come good again,” the former gentle giant of Kildare football concluded.