To say that Ricky Wynne was happy with Leitrim Gaels victory in last Sunday’s GWP Junior A Final is an understatement as the captain described himself as “over the moon”.
Just moments after a rousing acceptance speech, Ricky reflected on the struggles the Gaels have had in getting their hands on the Junior A Cup - “I’m over the moon, over the moon for myself, for the lads, for the supporters, for everyone, it is just brilliant, fantastic stuff.
“We’ve been trying to win this for a long, long time and at last, we’ve got it, we’ve got the Cup. I can’t get over it.”
Always counted among the favourites for the title, Ricky stressed that it was hard work that got the Gaels across the line - “We never paid much heed to it. People are always saying it, saying we’re the favourites but we never go in like that, we that if we go in and every man works their socks off, every man puts in his hard effort and every man works for each other, we’ll come up good.
“We got lucky with the goal but as the saying goes, you make your own luck. It was brilliant to go in with that sort of a lead at halftime and we knew that if we kept it up, they wouldn’t be able to close the gap on us.
“It was crucial to get the first score after halftime and John Casey put a great point over and that got us set again now.”
Leitrim Gaels now face two big challenges, taking on Ballinasloe next Sunday in the Connacht Club and moving up to the Intermediate ranks, a challenge that Ricky relishes - once the celebrations die down!
“We’ll celebrate tonight and maybe tomorrow and maybe the next day after that but that’s it, straight away we’ve got to get back into Connacht.
“But I’m delighted that this year we are going into Connacht as winners of the Junior A instead of going us as just representing the Junior A.
“Next year is a huge step, big challenge, we’re intermediate in the League so at least we know what to expect for next year. Hopefully we can just push on and we won’t lose too many lads to emigration, keep the team strong and go again.”