GAA Connacht Gold Leitrim SFC Final reaction

We’re like brothers says Aughawillan's Fergal McTague

Philip Rooney

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We’re like brothers says Aughawillan's Fergal McTague

Fergal and Rory McTague pictured with the Fenagh Cup, their mother Eileen and sister Danielle

We highlighted the amazing amount of brothers in action on County Final day on the front page of last week’s Observer but for Aughawillan’s Fergal McTague, the bond he has with his teammates is the reason Aughawillan won.

Asked by the Observer when he felt that Aughawillan could win it, Fergal pointed to the close bond the new champions have - “At halftime we knew if it was close, we’d have a good chance of winning.

“The fight in this team is unbelievable, we’re like brothers, we’re awful close. We knew if it was close with five or ten minutes to go, we were going to push on and we were going to win it because we love a good challenge.”

They might love a good challenge but Fergal went into Sunday’s Final against a Mohill forward line that had been scoring for fun - was he worried at any stage? “Yeah but we played against them before, it is a small county, we’ve played against them, we knew all about each other.

“They (Mohill) would have known I would have been picking up Ronan Kennedy and I knew the challenge that was ahead of me, Ronan is a great player so is Keith and Ronan Gordon there too.”

And there is no doubt that Fergal appreciates what Aughawillan achieved last Sunday - “Over the moon, it is everything we worked for all year and it is unbelievable to get over the line. We worked unbelievably hard for it there, Mark and Gary got some crucial scores and Sean Flanagan came off the bench and was unbelievable but we all worked unbelievably hard.”