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The Irish News Archive - Aug 31 1998: Mick O'Dwyer masters his former pupil

EARLEY ADVANTAGE...Kildare’s Dermot Earley fends off the attentions of Kerry’s Eamon Breen during yesterday’s All-Ireland semi-final at Croke Park
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All-Ireland Senior Football Championship semi-final Kildare 0-13 Kerry (holders) 1-9

THERE’S a monkey on Paidi O Se’s back bearing an uncanny resemblance to Mick O’Dwyer.

The gaze which O Se held when he turned to face O’Dwyer in the Kildare changing room yesterday, told a tale of a pupil facing the tutor without homework complete. O’Dwyer accepted the excuses, shook hands and said nothing.

n retrospect, Kerry were dignified. They accepted defeat, the end of their AllIreland reign and the feelings they gave to Mayo players when Sam Maguire took up residence in the Kingdom last year.

They had a goal disallowed in the closing stages.

They had Maurice Fitzgerald tagged throughout by Brian Lacey and were forced to play second fiddle in every chase. But Kerry refused to complain.

Silence only engulfed the Kildare celebrations when O’Se entered.

O'Dwyer, with string vest supporting his ageing stance, listened with every nerve as his former Kerry pupil spoke in a tone which brought pride to his mentor.

“We left no stone unturned for this game. Not because it was Kildare we were playing but because we wanted to get back and win another All-Ireland,” said O Se.

“We felt we had the team to do it, we felt we had the personnel, but I have to say after that encounter, we have no complaints. The better team won.”

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IRELAND'S youth boxing squad arrives home this morning with a triple bronze medal haul from the European Cadet championships in Latvia.

Belfast teenager Gerard McAuley was among the medal winners at the Jurmala event reaching the semi-finals stages before going out to the champion of Russia on a countback score.

The big-punching Star pupil had earlier halted his Moldovian opposition Andrei Kalmcuj inside a round.

His last four clash ended all square 7-7 on computer but his opponent went through to the final after a tally of the individual hits.

It was an excellent performance from the Antrim Road lad, a multi-titled Irish champion and St Patrick’s final year student.

Ireland’s other medals came courtesy of light fly Patrick Maughan (CIE) and Neilstown light middle Ken Egan.

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Cycling: Credit Union Junior Tour of Ireland

SLIGO’S Mark Scanlon showed his class to win the final two stages and take the Credit Union Junior Tour of Ireland title in Dublin city centre yesterday.

The Ireland Dixons racer followed up his success in Saturday’s 72-mile stage seven from Portarlington to Carlow with a comfortable win on the 30 mile trip around a 0.9 mile circuit in Dublin’s Mount Street area.

The real battle was for second spot but Great Britain’s Yanto Barker was unable to close the one second gap on his compatriot and World Junior Pursuit Champion, Bradley Wiggins.

The Dublin finale saw Scanlon pull clear after 15 minutes, only to be caught and pressurised by Barker and Wiggins, before moving up another gear to take the stage, in a time of 1 hour 18 seconds, 1:13 ahead of the chasing pack.

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