Matt Gallagher set an unusual record once of not kicking the ball once during an All-Ireland Final but Jesse McGuinness set his own record for Melvin Gaels last Sunday, scoring three goals in this year’s championship without once kicking the ball!
The sometimes keeper and sometimes super-sub netted the all-important second goal last Sunday that sealed Melvin Gaels victory, setting a record that saw him fist goals in both the final and semi-final as well as deflect an own-goal to his own net against Mohill in the group stages.
“It hasn’t sunk it yet,” Jesse told the Observer, “it feels like a dream yet and I’m waiting to wake up now but hopefully I won’t. If I was told we’d win a championship against Manorhamilton, I’d have taken it in a heart-beat.”
As for his goal exploits, Jesse said “It’s mad but against Mohill, I scored an own goal as well with my hand so I scored at both ends so not good. But it is brilliant, it is all about the team, everyone played their bit, we were just more hungry on the day.”
As one of the younger generation coming through in the Kinlough club, Jesse sees a bright future ahead – “We’ve won underage from U-10 up to Minors and U-21s, we’ve won everything and for the new young people coming in, it is fantastic so it is looking bright for Melvin Gaels.
“I’ve no doubt that there might be a few people leaving, I’m going back to Australia but there is still a lot of good young talent come up and I’ve no doubt we’ve a good chance of winning next year. Hopefully, now winning will build confidence, this will help us now
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