"Stephen pulled off a fantastic save"

16 July 2017

Dublin's Stephen Cluxton makes a save from Daniel Flynn of Kildare.
©INPHO/Tommy Dickson.

Stephen Cluxton's point blank second-half stop from Daniel Flynn was pinpointed by Jim Gavin as a key moment in today's Delaney Cup decider.

The team in sky blue pulled off a record seventh provincial success in-a-row in impressive fashion when finishing with nine points to spare over the Lilywhites.

Captain Cluxton – who was making a record equalling 88th championship appearance – proved, once again, why he is the best in the business when thwarting the opposition's number 14 shortly after the resumption.

“We knew going into the game what we'd seen of them in the National League and Championship so far in Leinster, they've been very impressive, very mobile and athletic,” Gavin told gaa.ie.

“Technically very good, some fantastic fielders of the ball.

“We saw that if they got space they could do damage and they could have had a score in the second half but Stephen pulled off a fantastic save.

“If they had gotten that then it might have been three points in it and the last period of the game could have had a different complexion.

“Thankfully he saved it and we went on to close out the game comfortably.”