Kilcar U-21 manager John McNulty and his team have a proud record in charge of underage teams for the club in recent years.
John Mac, as he is known in
Kilcar, along with Aidan Gallagher and Malachy Haughey have guided the club to two county minor championships and now two U-21 titles.
“That was absolutely terrific. Words can’t describe how I feel at the minute. It was a brilliant win for the lads because it was tough out there, especially when we were down to 14 men. We lost Conal (Gilmore) in the second half but that’s the thing about that team, they have fighting qualities and it was there for everyone to see,” said manager McNulty.
“When Naomh Conaill came back at us, the boys put their bodies on the line when they were going for goal. We fought very hard for that win and it is one of the best wins I have been part of.”
As for the sending off, he was non committal: “I’m not going to comment on that now. It is a situation maybe someone else will look at. He felt himself he only pushed the guy but I’m not getting involved in it. The decision was made and we had to react to it. Thankfully we reacted the right way and we got the result,” said McNulty, who paid tribute to his captain for his second half display..
“They marked him tight but when the going got tough Paddy really stood up and that’s what makes a good player. When we needed him he was there.
“Andrew (McClean) was outstanding in that defence today. He covered more ground and got more ball. He was everywhere. His decision making on the ball was outstanding,” said John, who said that Aodhan McGinley, despite being sore, said he wasn’t coming off. “He was there for the fight.”
“We deserved to win and we are worthy champions today,” said McNulty.
Kilcar captain Patrick McBrearty was very happy to have led his side to victory.
“It was winter football but the quality of football was good for the time of year. Success breeds success. Kilcar is a small club but hopefully there will be pressure on the senior team to win something and hopefully this will help,” was the reaction of McBrearty after the game..
“Glenties have set the bar high in this grade. I think they have been in seven or eight finals. It’s great for a club like Kilcar to win this championship,” said Patrick, who felt the sending off was harsh and felt that Gilmore had only pushed Ciaran Thompson.
“The linesman got it wrong and it almost cost us the game.”
McBrearty is due to have a small operation on his groin now in the next few weeks and he hopes to be back to his best in 2014 for both Kilcar and Donegal.