Most teams concentrate purely and solely on winning but victorious captain David McSharry revealed that Melvin Gaels were determined to put on a show in last Saturday’s GWP Intermediate Championship Final, only for Gortletteragh to frustrate their plans!
By John Connolly & Philip Rooney
“Finals are never easy won and it was always going to be tight but we felt that we wanted to put on a performance here today,” revealed David, “We didn’t want to come out and beat Gortletteragh by a point. We’ve been playing well all year, we’ve played some brilliant football and we wanted to put on a brilliant performance today.
“Fair play to Gortletteragh, they stopped us for 40, 50 minutes. In the last ten, we turned it on, we just ran at them and ran at them and they had no answer.”
David admitted that the Kinlough outfit were relieved to hear the final whistle – “I’m over the moon to be honest. Just getting over the line was the order of the day. We were nervous, we didn’t get going but we were expecting Gortletteragh to take the game to us.
“The one thing I’d say at halftime, we were calm, it was what we expected. We knew we didn’t perform, we knew what we had to do and Gortletteragh gave it every bit as much in the second half as they did in the first.
“But that extra bit of fitness, whatever, we got the few scores we needed and we’re just relieved to get over the line to be honest with you.”
The captain paid tribute to Man of the Match Emlyn Mulligan – “To have a guy like Emlyn on the team when you are a few points down, it is a great boost to any team. If he misses those, it is hard to come back from, he is a fantastic free-taker, he is a fantastic player.
“But we have guys like that all over the team, guys like Shane Ryan, Fabien McMorrow, the subs who came on Peter McGowan, Jonathan Connolly, they made huge contributions and that was the key to getting over the line today.”
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