SFC FINAL REACTION
EVEN though a lot has been made of the younger Éire Óg players coming through there was a rich vein of experience in the backbone of the side.
Darragh O’Brien won his first senior title five years ago.
“It means everything for what we have put into it. It is five years since I last won one.
“It was my first year on the panel and you think it is going to come year after year. It has been so long. You put your heart and soul into this the whole year and to do what we have done means everything.”
Defender, Paul McElligott, was also picking up a second medal.
“There is a great bond in the group. You could say it has been built over the last five years. It is 2012 since we were even in a final. We went out with the self-belief. We knew from the start we were going to come out on top today,” said McElligott.
Going into the championship Éire Óg were not favourites to emerge victorious. They were third in the pecking order behind Palatine and Rathvilly.
“We kept working away. If you keep working away you have a great chance. We ignored what everyone else was saying and kept plugging away on our own. We kept doing what we were told to do. We stuck to the game plan and kept grinding it out.”
In the two games the Éire Óg defender got what he expected from the opposition.
“Rathvilly are always tough. We knew there was going to be little in it. We just seemed to get the goals at the right time. If they had got that penalty earlier on and then got a second goal it would have been level pegging.”
Another defender who was involved with previous successful winning sides couldn’t wait for Sunday.
“We are fed up of training, fed up of talking and we just wanted to get out there and do it. We knew we had to start well. We started slow the last day and they got the upper-hand with an early goal. We needed to go from the start and we were super there in the first fifteen minutes,” said Jordan Lowry.
And then there was Mark Furey who was winning his first senior title.
“We have put in so much work over the last two years. It was a big performance from everyone. It took all we had to beat Rathvilly. They are a serious side.”