Last Sunday was a momentous day for Enda Williams as Leitrim’s new recruit not only made his Leitrim and Connacht Championship debut but the second half substitute also scored his first ever point for the Green & Gold.
A satisfied Williams may have been delighted with his personal milestones but the bigger picture took his attention – “First time in a Leitrim jersey, first time in London, first time in a Connacht Championship but I’m just delighted to get the win.
“It doesn’t matter if it is one point or ten points, once we got out of here with the win, that is all that matters,” stressed the former Longford star.
Williams’ introduction and that of Shane Moran kick-started Leitrim’s revival in the second half but even as he told of his delight at young Moran’s impact, Enda was just happy to have contributed to the Leitrim win.
Speaking of Leitrim’s struggles, Enda said “The lads were plugging away at it, we kicked a couple of wides and had we scored them chances, it might have been a different story. Shane had a big impact when he came on, he scored a point and he is a good young footballer.
“Thankfully, it all worked out. To be honest with you, I’m just happy to get on the field. This day has been coming a while, I’m just happy to be on the field and if I can contribute in any small way, I’m happy enough.”
Enda was also delighted with the spirit shown by the young and not-so-young members of the squad – “Our backs were to the wall. I suppose we were coming over here and I don’t know if too many people expected much from us. I’m delighted for those young lads and even the older lads, James Glancy scored a great point to put us two points up.
“They all stood up, especially when we went down. We could have put our heads down but we kept our composure, kept plugging away and got our rewards in the end.”
As for Mayo, Enda believes that now the pressure is off, Leitrim could blossom – “As far as people are concerned, it is a no-win situation for us but we’re going down to Castlebar, shackles will be off and hopefully we can express ourselves and play.
“It is a great challenge, it is a provincial semi-final, I know I haven’t played in a provincial semi-final before and I know a lot of young lads in that dressing room haven’t so it is something we will certainly be looking forward to.”