Delight was first & foremost in Mickey Moran’s mind as he negotiated his way through estactic supporters on the Markievicz Park sod last Sunday but the Leitrim manager quickly had words for the pundits who wrote off the county’s chances so blithely prior to the big game.
With a match programme that featured six members of the National media giving Leitrim little or no chance as they opted for Sligo, Moran saved his strongest words for RTE - “I’ll go up the road very, very happy for Leitrim tonight. Nobody gives them credit, counties like Leitrim and Carlow, like I think it was scheduled on RTE for Sligo and Roscommon in three weeks time, we weren’t even mentioned.
“Nobody even knows some of those boys names. We didn’t pay attention, we just got ourselves ready and we knew we had a bit of spirit going, the young lads have fused with the older lads. Hopefully, people will realise that in the so called weaker counties, there is plenty of spirit, plenty of passion and the right values of the GAA.”
The pundits on RTE’s Sunday Game may have disagreed with Moran’s sentiments later that evening but there is no doubting the passion the Derry man feels for Leitrim football - “Its nice to see the sun shining on Leitrim people on the pitch after a match. Even when we got beat, they always stayed close to the end to cheer the team. I’m proud of the players because they worked so hard.”
To read the full story see this week’s Leitrim Observer.