Daryl Flynn has no regrets about lifting the Kildare SFC cup despite picking up a suspension for doing so.
Flynn and vice-captain David Whyte jointly accepted the Dermot Bourke Cup in Newbridge last month, although both men had been sent off during Moorefield's county final defeat of Celbridge. The pair were subsequently suspended for the Kildare champions' Leinster Club SFC victory over Portlaoise but will be back in action this Sunday for the semi-final joust with Rathnew.
"If I could make the decision again I'd lift the cup again," the former Kildare midfielder told The Irish Independent. "You mightn't get that chance again in your life.
"It was always the case that if we won I was going to lift the cup with him because we're captain and vice-captain. I know the two of us got sent off and people might think we were rubbing it in to the county board but it was actually always the plan that if we were to lift it, we'd lift it together. We've done it over the years, when Ross [Glavin] was captain and Kevin [Murnaghan] was vice-captain they lifted it together, and Roli [Ronan Sweeney] and Ian Lonergan. It wasn't a dig."
The Moorefield captain says he only became aware of the rule moments before taking possession of the silverware: "I'd never heard of it being implemented before. I would never have heard of it until just as I was about to go up to the steps. You have a choice, it was strange. I don't know what you'd do if you were playing for your club and you had a chance to lift the cup? I would put that question to anyone. So I made the decision that I wanted to lift the cup."