CIARAN MATTHEWSON was part of an emerging Sean MacCumhaills team that won its first Donegal SHC in 2010 and didn’t think he’d have to wait until now for his next.
Matthewson was better known as a scoring forward six years ago, but his transformation has been in keeping with the development of the side in the intervening years.
Matthewson played at wing-back on Saturday and was one of the leading lights in the final.
After a 2-13 to 2-9 win over Burt on Saturday in Letterkenny, the Munster Cup is finally back in MacCumhaills hands again – after suffering back-to-back final defeats to Burt.[adrotate group=”38″]
“Every year, we’ve been touch and go with Burt,” Matthewson said.
“They’re hard to push away in the final but, thank God, we’ve got over the line. We had better preparation this year; everything was so professional.
“I thought we’d have four or five now. Burt pushed on. They’re the kingpins in Donegal.[adrotate group=”37″]
“It’s hard to keep building when you’re getting beat. This year we dug deep. We went out to win every single game. Hopefully now we can push on through Ulster.”
MacCumhaills were spurred by their captain and talisman Lee Henderson, whose ten points proved key.
Matthewson, who scored a wonderful point himself in the first half, said: “Lee had a fantastic return. He’s the best free-taker in Ulster, by a country mile. He hurled very well, even without the points.”
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