Listen: Daniel Clarke and Naomh Colmcille ‘at full throttle’ for semi-final clash

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Daniel Clarke has been central to Naomh Colmcille’s historic run to the All-Ireland JFC semi-final – but the flame-haired midfielder says the team’s unsung heroes have been the key men.

Clarke, who was on Declan Bonner’s Donegal U21 panel in 2017, has been to the fore as Naomh Colmcille won, first, Donegal and, then, Ulster JFC crowns.

But Clarke is quick to note that there have been heroes aplenty as his side stands just one hour from an All-Ireland final.

“William Lynch is massive, but you have Paul (Friel), Alex (Devenney) and Ricky (Hegarty) who haven’t got enough credit,” Clarke said.

“You have years of experience from Gerard Curran and Matty (Crossan) has had three killer goals for us. Boys step up each week, even Don Hegarty, who has changed a lot of games coming off the bench.

“Everyone knows their job. Everyone gives the full throttle each time they go out. We have players pressing for places and training has been very competitive.”

Naomh Colmcille face Cork’s Knocknagree on Saturday in Mullingar with a place in an All-Ireland final on offer.

Clarke said: “It’s massive. It’s something we never pictured. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime chance.”

Listen to the full interview below …

Sports writer from St Johnston, now based in Letterkenny, with ten years' experience covering sport in Donegal. Was a nominee for NUJ Sports Journalist of the Year in 2010. Honoured by the Donegal Boxing Board in 2016 for his coverage on the sport.

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