The smile on the faces of championship debutants Daniel Lowe and Paul Brennan after the victory over Sligo in the Connacht Championship told the story of just how much it meant to them.
By Philip Rooney
Attempting to put his emotions into words, an ecstatic Daniel Lowe said, “I’m so happy for the lads and for Mickey. The amount of work that was put in, I’m so happy.”
Melvin Gaels’ wing forward, Paul Brennan was equally thrilled when speaking after the game, but he insisted all within the Leitrim camp knew they were going to claim victory.
“It’s a brilliant feeling, absolutely stunning. It turned into a nice day, we all thought the rain was going to be an issue and the wind but it turned into a beautiful day and with the win on top just adds to the whole lot.
“We always knew we were going to be beat Sligo and we were looking forward to Roscommon at home. From January on, we always knew that we were going to beat Sligo. We’ll put that aside now, we have Sligo beat, we’ll get in to Carrick and have a rattle at Roscommon. We’ll have nothing to fear.”
While not many gave Leitrim a chance of claiming a scalp in Markievicz Park, Daniel was adamant the team knew they were better than their league performances suggested.
“Sligo probably weren’t expecting much from us and if you look at our league record that’s probably a fair estimation but we knew we were better than what we showed in the league. In recent challenge matches the team has come together and we knew there was something there in the dressing room. It’s a very tight knit unit.
“A lot of critics would have had us written off beforehand and we had to create that self-belief in ourselves and it creates awareness within the Connacht Championship that we’re not a pushover. Somebody showed me a betting slip on the pitch, he won a few quid on Leitrim and I think he was the happiest person out there!”
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