Steve O’Dea was ecstatic when his Gaoth Dobhair team overcame Naomh Conaill to take home the RTE Raidió Na Gaeltachta senior reserve title for 2013 on Sunday.
He felt delighted to get a second chance to play in the final again.
“We were very lucky to get out of the first game with a draw and then we set our stall out over the last couple of weeks in training and we tightened up and improved our fitness” Steve said.
When he was asked about Colin and Ryan Ferry’s strong second half performances he stated: “They were our legs; they were our fast guys but I suppose it wouldn’t be fair to the rest of the team to just speak about the pair of them. The reality is the hard work was done by our wing forwards and wing backs; we targeted them two areas for being really important and I think we dominated those two areas for most of the game”
He said this about Martin Coll’s goal: “I missed it. I had my back turned to the play trying to organise something else on the bench but sure this is what reserve football is about; young fellows coming in at one end, managing a few in the middle and seeing another older few out. James Sweeney mentioned in his winning speech that they should really have their pension books at this age.
“We targeted being in touch at half-time and we set our stalls out to do that, it wasn’t pretty football I’m sure but Naomh Conaill are a fine bunch of footballers; they’re very strong up front and we basically man marked them for the first half and that’s hard to do. You need a lot of fitness and discipline,” Steve replied when asked about the low scoring affair in the first half.
“Naomh Conaill raised their game after the sending off and we did it in the replay; we lost a man and the game went on for another six or seven minutes and we scored six or seveb points. It often works in reverse; you need to take advantage of it if it happens. It was a nice clean game and it was unfortunate that anyone was sent off in the game,” said Steve.
“There will be no cows milked in Gweedore tomorrow (Monday) I assure you”