Thrilled it went over

Young Shane Moran might have made his Championship debut last Sunday but the Ballinamore man has an old head on young shoulders as he down-played his vital match levelling score last Sunday in Ruislip.

Young Shane Moran might have made his Championship debut last Sunday but the Ballinamore man has an old head on young shoulders as he down-played his vital match levelling score last Sunday in Ruislip.

“I just gave it a whack and it went over, another day it might not have,” recalled an almost shy Shane who was quick to pay tribute to his team-mates, “We had a couple of wides but I’ve got to give credit to the lads, they kept going.”

Making his debut was another big moment for Shane – “I’m absolutely delighted to get my chance, I was itching to get on but fair dues to the other lads, they put in effort for the whole game, never say die.

“I was lucky, it went well for me. It was great to get a good start when I came on. Just to get the win is great.”

The debut in Ruislip had added significance for Shane as he was born in the English capital – “Home town here. I was born here so it is absolutely fabulous to come back here and get the win, that’s the most important thing.”

As for the game itself, Shane admitted that Leitrim took a patient approach – “We knew with the wind in the second half, the lads would just take it point by point come back and they gave it their all.”

As for the semi-final, Shane said “Mayo will be very tough, Division one League finalists, it will be a lot tougher but we’re definitely looking forward to it.”