Griffin the star for Naul's


Griffin the star for Naul's
Gerry McLaughlin @dgldemocrat

Stephen Griffin is 28, but for the entire second half the towering midfielder was like an 18-year-old as he took the game to Four Masters in a frenetic second half on his home sod.

For almost a decade, he has been a one man scoring machine for his club and has also featured for the county.

But, yesterday he walked the walk when it really mattered as well as weighing in with a priceless 1-8 against Four Masters.

The modest Stephen is much more comfortable talking about his team- mates in the aftermath of a memorable comeback.

“In the first half we just did not manage to settle at all and it was just a typical derby match,” he said.

“We were just trying too hard and were getting ahead of ourselves.

“But we just said at half-time that it was time we just went for it.

“We just said to ourselves, that if we were going to get beaten we were going to get beaten by ten points rather than holding back.

“We just burst out and every man really went for it and showed great character to come back after being six points behind at one stage.

“In fact at the end, I thought we could really have won it as we were up by a point until almost the very end.

“But on the other hand Four Masters were by far the better team in the first half, “ he said.


But when asked about his own display, Griffin was very quick to refer to the “collective”.

“I thought that collectively we improved an awful lot and every man was very keen to just get on the ball,” he said.

“We just really went for it and it worked out.

“And we were in the circle there just after the game and I suppose there were quite a few boys a bit disappointed that we did not win it as we were in front near the end.

“We gave away too many frees.

“But on the positive side we have some good young players like the Roses and Brendan McCole and we also have two players on the county minor side as well”.

And then he trotted off, not really comfortable with any fuss or adulation.

But those of us who were in Gerard Gallagher Memorial will do the memories for this most modest but deadliest of marksman, who was simply outstanding.