Conor O’Donnell was the first man up the steps at the Athletic Grounds in Armagh on Monday afternoon.
The St Eunan’s captain had put in a typically effective showing at centre-back as the Letterkenny school won a first MacLarnon Cup in seven years.
“It hasn’t sunk in yet,” he said right afterwards. “It’s like a dream. I’ve been dreaming about this since I started in first year. I remember Michael Murphy and them boys winning it in 2007 and that’s what we’ve been building towards.”
O’Donnell was full of praise for Monday’s opponents, fellow Donegal side Coláistí Inis Eoghan.
“Thank God we pulled it out of the bag,” he added. “We’ve played Coláistí Inis Eoghain now a couple of times and it’s never a walkover. It’s always a tough game. You have to give credit to them boys and Sean Clerkin is putting in a huge bit of work there down the years.
“It’s really starting to pay off. The goal they scored in the first minute through Darach O’Connor was a killer. We hadn’t even settled but at last we managed to pull back to just one down at half-time.
“The penalty was just a bit of luck, the breaking ball went our way. We didn’t play our best and hopefully it’ll be sorted for Saturday. I know most of the Carrick boys and it’ll be another very tight game.”