Eslin’s Tomas Beirne was an unanimous choice as the Man of the Match last Sunday in Gaelic Park, his outstanding display in the middle of the field even over-shadowing a massive 3-7 haul for team captain Emlyn Mulligan in the first game of the 2013 Championship football season.
It was an outstanding display from the big Eslin man. His fielding and running with the ball dominated the game. His two points were excellent although if the second had stayed low it would be in the running for goal of the month.
Tomas spoke to the Leitrim Observer after the game. “New York put it up to us for the first 20 minutes and it took us a little time to get to grips with them. We are certainly happy to have the win and have the fixture over. It is a lot different getting ready for the game.
“We had FBD and League games but the waiting involved here after you arrive, you want to get it over with. We are delighted with how it worked out. There was great support here for us which is brilliant. Now we are just looking forward to the winners of Sligo and London in the next round”.
Sunday’s performance caps a remarkable year for the Eslin man who was a late returnee to the Leitrim panel. Beirne missed the entire FBD League and only made his first start of the Allianz League against Offaly in the middle of March.
Asked about his thunderbolt of a point and was he thinking goal, “I’m sure the lads will be on to me about it but I wasn’t thinking goal, I just wanted to hit it clean and it flew over” the modest Beirne stated. The Eslin man was also the provider for one of the Emlyn Mulligan’s three goals, his long ball finding the Leitrim captain in behind the New York defence.