Having experienced the pain of defeat 12 months ago when Gortletteragh were defeated in the Intermediate Final by Melvin Gaels the joy and relief felt by Cathal Quinn was clear to see as he celebrated with his team mates shortly after last Sunday’s victory.
When asked how he felt Cathal declared, “It’s brilliant, we’ve been working hard all year for it but it’s all worth it now.”
Looking back on the game Cathal agreed with the general consensus that Darren Duignan’s goal was ultimately what swung the game for Gortletteragh. With family, friends and most of Gortletteragh getting ready for an evening of celebrating Cathal reflected, “It was a fierce tight game, Dromahair put it up to us.
“They were very fast in the first 10 minutes and it took us a while to get to pace with them but once we did we able to deal with them. The goal was perfect timing and after that we were able to filter back and cancel them out. We knew if we didn’t concede a goal that we would have a great chance of winning it and they didn’t get in that close to get a goal.”
While Duignan’s strike proved to be the difference equally crucial to the Gortletteragh cause was the manner in which they defended, ensuring Dromahair had barely a goal chance all game and were often forced into shooting from ambitious positions.
“We had faith in our own defenders,” said Cathal, adding, “We have lads that are county standard, maybe they’re not playing there but they deserve to be. We knew once we could keep it tight at the back and if we could get the ball up to the forwards they would do the job for us, they’d put the scores on the board.”
Acknowledging that last year’s defeat was a motivating factor Cathal had words of encouragement for the Dromahair players suggesting they are well placed to go one step further next year.
“It was incentive to bounce back but every year you go out you want to win. Every year is the same but last year was a bit of a kick but Melvin Gaels were a very strong team last year and look at them this year, they are in the county senior final.
“We were up against a good team that day and we were up against a good team today and I’d say Dromahair could come back next year and they could do the same.
“That’s going to be exciting for us, personally I’m looking forward to playing against other clubs outside Leitrim and hopefully we’ll put up a good show and represent the county well.”