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Sigerson Cup winning manager Paddy Tally collapses in elation at final whistle

St Mary's manager Paddy Tally falls to his knees as the college is confirmed Sigerson Cup winners for the second time in its history. Picture by Jerome Quinn Media
John Monaghan

ST Mary's coach Paddy Tally has told how he was overcome with "the realisation that we had done it" when he fell to his knees on the pitch at the final whistle.

Video footage, which has gone viral on social media from the game's closing moments, shows an emotional Tally falling to his knees and looking to the sky with fists clenched, before kneeling head down on the pitch, as if in prayer.

His moment of personal emotion is interrupted by management and supporters who jump on him in celebration.

"It was the realisation that we had done it, it was just so satisfying. That is what sport does - it gives you great lifts," he said.

The Tyrone man, who helped his county to their first All-Ireland title as a trainer with the team in 2003, said the victory was "the best ever" in his coaching career.

He also praised his team of players for their resolve after coming back from two goals down in their first five minutes.

"We didn't intend to go two goals down but these things happen in games. The important thing is how you react to them and there is no point in making a big issue of it."

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