Emlyn pays tribute to team mates

Long regarded as one of the best free takers in Connacht, Emlyn Mulligan only enhanced that reputation last Saturday’ as he scored a personal tally of 1-9 and picked up the Man of the Match award in Ballinamore.

Long regarded as one of the best free takers in Connacht, Emlyn Mulligan only enhanced that reputation last Saturday’ as he scored a personal tally of 1-9 and picked up the Man of the Match award in Ballinamore.

By Philip Rooney

While pleased with his performance, Emlyn stressed that Saturday’s victorywas a team effort - “It’s great to play well and offer something good to the team but at the end of the day it’s a team performance and there were plenty of lads out who died for the game, the full back line especially.

“Listen, they were working the ball up to me and I just put it over the bar. It’s a team effort and that reward is for the whole team more so than myself.

“It’s great for the town, it’s great for the club and the manager that came in this year, they’ve put 100% in to it and everybody was behind each other and this is the reward we get thankfully.”

The celebrations at the end of the game indicated just how important it was to the Kinlough club - “We set out our stall at the beginning of the year and our aim was to win the intermediate championship.

“We were devastated to get relegated and to be fair the attitude last year maybe wasn’t as good as it should have been but we have a lot of quality in this team.

“To be fair since last January, even before that, the boys got together and we made a pact that we were going to give it 100% this year. We knew if we didn’t get up this year it would be maybe harder in years to come. We put the shoulder to the wheel and it all paid off.”

Hot favourites for the title before a ball was kicked, Emlyn felt that the Kinlough men lived up to their billing - “To be fair we are deserving champions I think. A lot of teams of put it up against us but we’ve always come back out fighting, especially today. Gortletteragh put in a massive performance, especially in the first half but thankfully we came through in the end.

To read the full story see this week’s Leitrim Observer.