They may be underdogs again but Aughawillan will go into next Sunday’s AIB Connacht Club Championship Semi-Final against Corofin determined to leave the field with no regrets.
That’s the message that manager Sean Pierson is drilling into his troops ahead of a daunting clash against the Galway champions in Pairc Sean Mac Diarmada next Sunday but the Aughawillan manager is determined that his young troops leave the field with no regrets.
“Twenty years is a long time in the wilderness and I would be stressing that you can’t leave a chance like this behind you,” Sean told the Observer, “Nothing is guaranteed in football and you have all the credit when it does work out but you have to finish a game making sure you have no regrets when it comes to 4 pm next Sunday.”
The Cavan man puts the roots of Aughawillan’s win over Tubbercurry, the first Connacht win for a Leitrim team since 2005, in his team’s struggles in the Gallogly Catering Senior League.
“We got a few tough League games which brought us back down to earth after the County Final and without those games, we’d have been lacking the sharpness or desire to win against Tubbercurry. Leitrim club football isn’t that bad you know.”
And upholding the honour of the County is something that was quickly on Sean’s mind, even in the minutes after their County Final victory over St. Mary’s at the end of September.
“After the County Final, we sat down in the dressing room with the players and we had a bit of a chat and we decided we wanted to give Connacht a good run. We didn’t want to demean the county and we worked very hard to make sure we gave Connacht a good run.”
• See page 70 for more from Aughawillan manager Sean Pierson ahead of next Sunday’s AIB Connacht Club Championship Semi-Final.