SEAN FRIEL HOSTED HIS 18th birthday party at his Raphoe home last night – but not before an inspired display won Letterkenny Rovers the John ‘Gorey’ Curran Cup.
Friel is the Rovers goalkeeper and the side’s captain and he saved shoot-out penalties from Gweedore Celtic’s Liam Wiggins and Neasán Mac Giolla Bhríde as Anthony Gorman’s team won 4-1 on penalties after a scoreless draw in Ballyare.
Friel, who turns 18 tomorrow, dashed off after the game for his big birthday bash, the hero of the hour at The Diamond Park.
“You can be a hero or a zero,” he told Donegal Sport Hub.
Picture caption: Sean Friel is interviewed by Chris McNulty after the final. Picture by Stephen Doherty
“I was disappointed not to save the second one (Friel got a hand to Michael Roarty’s effort). I thought I should have got it.
“I was happy with the other two. Under pressure, they usually open up their body and that’s what they did today.[a[adrotate group=”37"]p>“I remember reading online before thet if the first two go to the left the third one usually goes there too. Luckily that paid off today.
“It’s well documented that we lost a lot of players. It’s never easy for any club and it was a bit of transition for us, but it’s always good to win a Cup. We were unlucky in the League. It’s good to get another trophy under the table and hopefully we can get another one next week.”
Next weekend, Rovers face Blayney Rovers in Clones in the Ulster Youth Cup final and the following weekend is the biggest day in Letterkenny Rovers’ history as they face Crumlin United in the FAI Intermediate Cup final.
Friel said: “It’s a great time for the club. The under-12s and 14s are going well too. I was a wee bit jealous of the seniors, being involved in that squad. Hopefully we’ve set the tone now and the seniors can go on and win in the Aviva.”
Listen to the full interview below …