Milford United manager, Noel Gillespie, took time to offer a special word of congratulations to his midfielder Paul Nash who missed Sunday's Brian McCormick Sports Cup final victory over Castlefin Celtic following the birth of a baby daughter on Saturday night.
“He couldn't play today, and understandably so,” the manager said.
“So we extend our contratulations to Paul and his wife Brid on their great news.”
Nash is one of the veterans of this Milford team and it was another experienced campaigner, PJ Hagan, who stole the show in the 3-0 win. .
The 30-year-old scored Milford's opener and was also involved in the move which led to the third goal.
“We're delighted with the win,” Hagan said.
“We got the opening goal at the end of the first half and we'd played well.
“When we got the second from Darren McLaughlin, it kind of killed the game a bit.
“Castlefin piled on a bit of pressure but the boys at the back held out well.
“Kyle Black got the third near the end and that was it.”
Hagan has sampled league and cup success during an impressive career but Sunday's win was all the more special given that Castlefin had beaten them in the 2014 cup final.
“Two years ago, most of these boys were beaten in the final and it wasn't a nice feeling getting beat that day in the last minute of extra time.
“We all knew how we felt in the dressing room that day and we didn't want to experience the same feeling today.
“Half of these boys played gaelic last night as well. But we gave it our all today and thankfully we got the win.”
Hagan added: “It's been a hard year. We finished second in the league and the boys were disappointed at that. But we didn't want to finish second here today.
“I'm delighted for the boys and for everybody in the club. We had great support here today and we're delighted for them too.”
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