Bright future for Leitrim Gaels

Man of the Match Eunan Treacy wasn’t inclined to look for any praise after last Sunday’s GWP Junior A Championship Final in Cloone and insisted that Leitrim Gaels have a bright future ahead of them.

Man of the Match Eunan Treacy wasn’t inclined to look for any praise after last Sunday’s GWP Junior A Championship Final in Cloone and insisted that Leitrim Gaels have a bright future ahead of them.

Asked about his man of the match award, Eunan admitted “I’m proud now but listen it wasn’t about me, it was all the lads all out there, every man who came on and every man gave 100%. No man was going to play unbelievable in those conditions, it was about dirty ball.”

Eunan, who played underage with Allen Gaels, predicted a bright future for the Village club - “I was with Allen Gaels as a youth but I’m from Leitrim Village myself and I came back because I believe this club is progressing.

“It was not about the Junior A, I did say there was a Junior A there to be won but all the talk was about progression. I wouldn’t have left Allen Gaels if I didn’t believe this club was progressing and there is only one way we’re going.”

Looking back on the match, Eunan admits that the conditions were difficult - “Both teams didn’t get any fluency in their play and every score was important. The few frees, there was a bit of pressure to put them over because we weren’t working many chances in close to the goal.

“I know they say you have to take every chance but we had to take them today. The best time to score a goal is just before halftime, fair dues to Luke. There wasn’t too many clean catching of the ball around the middle of the field, I think we just about shaded the breaks, they had a few good lads in there as well but I think we just about shaded it on the day, we deserved it.

“Everybody thinks ‘ah, this is Leitrim Gaels time to win it’ but Gortletteragh did give a damn about that, they said they had just as much a chance of winning this game as us and you could see at the end, there was only a kick of a ball in it.

“When that final whistle went, we were delighted, I know there was six points in it with two minutes to go and you think we had it in the bag but I was just asking what’s the time, just praying to the stars that Conor Guckian would pick one out of the stars.”