For John O’Malley, Sunday will be his third county final despite his youth.
“2010 was my first. I was 17. It was my first year in the squad,” said John, who feels a lot older now!
“I was nearly feeling that way, with the likes of Eoghan McGettigan and them playing now like! It’d make you feel old, but luckily it’s my third county final.”
O’Malley was part of the team that went all the way to the Ulster Club final in 2010. “In my first year we got to an Ulster final and I was hopeful it was gonna be like that every year, but no, it definitely doesn’t work out that way every year, so I’m glad to be back in another one now, hoping to make the most of it
“ I’m in college in the moment in St. Pats in Dublin. I’m in my second last year so I’m lucky enough to be at home in placement at the moment, so it’s nice,” said John, who is in placement at Drumnacroish NS.
Being at home it has been much easier to get involved in the build up. Like most he was happy with getting the win over St. Eunan’s in the group stages but also feels that it will not matter on Sunday.
“You know, that’s not the Eunan’s we all know, they’ve come on in leaps and bounds since then. But I think that kickstarted our year, and it’s been going fairly smoothly ever since,” said John.
“You know we’ve been lucky enough, we’ve gone fairly well in every competition so far (including the All-Ireland Gaeltacht). It’s unfortunate that that final hasn’t been played yet; it’s pencilled in for the week after the county final, so we’ll worry about that when the time comes.”
O’Malley knows that there is plenty of competition for places especially with the likes of Eoghan McGettigan stepping up to the plate.
“To get your chance, you need to be doing it at training, week in week out. If you’re not, another mans gonna be doing it. It’s the same thing. Eoghan McGettigan last week; he was scoring goals for fun in training, and we have very good defenders. So he got his chance the last day and I mean, every one of us know Eoghan’s the type of player to take it in his stride anyway. He is a fantastic talent, and we knew he’d do the business. So you have to be doing it in training, definitely, to get your place