The parish of Glenswilly was well represented at Sunday’s Senior Reserve final and many supporters were out on the pitch as team captain, Paddy McFadden lifted the Charlie Gallagher Memorial Cup after the game.
And no doubt watching down from above as the celebrations got underway was one Finbar Glackin, a man who gave so much to the club before his passing earlier this year.
His son Aidy, manager of Glenswilly Reserves, said his father had been in his thoughts all week in the lead up to Sunday’s decider.
“Daddy achieved a lot with Glenswilly,” Aidy said.
“But there was one thing missing, he’d been beaten in two county finals in ‘88 and 2000. I didn’t use it for the players, they had their own motivation today. But my motivation was to finish my father’s work for Glenswilly and I think we did that today.
“I think he was with us there in the last couple of minutes too.”
That strong finish from Glenswilly when they kicked two points in injury time, just about saw them over the line. Glackin said he was able to make a number of changes and the players who came in played their part in the win.
“It’s been the same all year,” he said. “When the pressure came on with a couple of minutes to go, it was the three teenagers who came on and turned the game in our favour again.
“That’s the thing about the development in a club. It’s not about the stars, it’s about the young lads coming through. We have a batch of eight or nine young lads coming through. They have a winner’s medal now and with the senior men in this club to guide them along, there’s no reason why they can’t win another few as well.”
For Glackin and Glenswilly, the win caps a remarkable season that saw his team hammered in Kilcar in a league game back in May when Glenswilly failed to notch a single score. “I’d like to thank Trevor McBrearty, the Kilcar manager, for teaching us a lesson that day,” Glackin added. “It brought us closer together.”