Few enough people see any positives in their people being relegated but Melvin Gaels captain David McSharry contends that the shock of relegation to this year’s GWP Intermediate Championship has been the shock that the Kinlough club has desperately needed.
By John Connolly
“There was always a level of success at Melvin Gaels, we would have been always competing and to see us getting relegated last year, it was a turning a point for us,” David told the Observer on the club’s press night ahead of next Saturday’s Intermediate Final against Gortletteragh.
“Maybe we needed it, maybe that was the shake-up we needed but ultimately, it is how you react to things and thanks be to God, everyone has reacted positively and the whole club, the whole town has come together and on push on hard to try and achieve what success we could this year.”
Incredibly for a club with Melvin Gaels standing, Saturday’s Intermediate Final is their first adult championship final appearance since 2002 and while the big day appearance is nice, even for a seasoned veteran like David, getting back to Senior is the over-riding aim.
“It has been a while now alright since we’ve been in a final. Possibly things could have been going a little better over the last couple of years. Not making excuses or that but we’ve had problems with injuries over the last few years, boys away, emigrated to Australia and that. Any club in the county will tell you that if you lose a couple of players, it is a big loss.
“We started off this year trying to rectify the way things went last year and all we’re hoping for is that we can get back into Senior which was our main aim of the year. You always want to play senior football, the way we got relegated last year, it hit a cord with a few people. It motivates you to a certain degree to get back up to Senior. That is where we want to be playing, we feel that we should be playing up there and challenging for Senior titles.”
Yet nobody in the Gaels camp is underestimating the size of the task ahead of them next Saturday when they take on a Gortletteragh team they have already defeated by 13 points in the group and David stresses the difficulty of the challenge ahead.
“Gortletteragh are always a tough team to play against. We got them in the first game of the championship and we won well but you know, in the first game of the championship, you’re not always firing on all cylinders.
To read the full story see this week’s Leitrim Obersver.