GARY MCFADDDEN TOOK receipt of the Dr Maguire Cup for a second time as Glenswilly captain and fired a stinging sideswipe to the doubters.
Few outisde of their own group gave Glenswilly a chance of winning the title, but after a 1-10 to 0-12 win over Kilcar, Glenswilly – for a third time in six years – are county champions.
Picture caption: Glenswilly captain Gary McFadden with the Dr Maguire Cup on Sunday after their final win over Kilcar. Picture by Geraldine Diver.
McFadden, in his acceptance speech, reckoned that a few tipsters should consider ‘going back to school’ and there was certainly a lesson for quite a few in the pitfalls of underestimating the Glenmen.
“We always knew that we could do it,” McFadden said.
“When you’re listening to stuff, you try to block it out all week. Kilcar were getting tipped for Ulster and there was hardly chat about the county final.
“We knew in our team that there was one big game in us.”
It was Glenswilly’s fifth final in ten years and McFadden says the memories of their last big day, the 2014 defeat to St Eunan’s, drove them over the line against a Kilcar group appearing in their first decider.
McFadden said: “We knew what it was like to lose a final and I think that’s what tipped it. We just kept thinking about 2014 and what it was like in the weeks and months after that.”
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