Glencar/Manorhamilton captain and full forward Brian McDonald was ecstatic after leading his team to victory in last Sunday’s Connacht Gold Leitrim Senior Championship Final against St Mary’s Kiltoghert.
By David Goulden
To win any Championship title is an achievement in itself but to be only the third team is Leitrim’s history to win four titles now puts Glencar/Manorhamilton into the history books alongside the Melvin Gaels team of 1959 to 1962 and the Gorvagh team of 1924 to 1927 and the Glencar/Manorhamilton captain spoke of his pride to be involved: “It’s a great feeling, words cannot describe it! Four in a row is history.”
McDonald a man in demand after the final whistle as he was constantly flanked by well-wishers and neighbours post-match, looking to get their piece of memorabilia of the day with their picture alongside the triumphant captain.
Brian took it all in his stride though and insisted standing on the threshold of an historic win did not affect the team at all - “We tried not to think about it too much in the run up to the game. Now it’s done, and we can enjoy it. It’s a fantastic achievement from the lads.”
On the game itself, he felt that once the holders went ahead by two points towards the end of the game, they weren’t going to give it away. “Once we got one or two ahead in the second half it seemed to galvanise and drive us on, we had an ‘almost there’ attitude which was extremely pleasing.”
To read the full story see this week’s Leitrim Observer.