MILFORD UNITED captain Damien Casey finally got his hands on the Ulster Junior Cup on Sunday evening after an eventful day.
Casey was joined in Letterkenny General Hospital by player-manager Peter Doherty and teammates Karol Duggan and Pauric Curley after the midfielder suffered a serious ankle break in the 3-0 win over Clonmany Shamrocks.
Casey went down just eight minutes into the final at Buncrana’s Maginn Park and play was interrupted for 47 minutes before he was taken in an ambulance for Letterkenny. Yesterday, he was awaiting surgery on the injury, which is expected to see the 33-year-old sidelined for six months.
“I’m due to have an operation on the ankle, which is broken,” he said. “The is cartilage damage and the bones are all over the place. Nobody was near me when it happened. I just stretched to block a ball and my studs got caught in the turf. I looked down and knew things were serious.”
Casey, known as ‘Benjo,’ was wrapped in a blanket while the emergency services made their way to Maginn Park and, accompanied by his girlfriend Una Brown, was treated with oxygen on the way from to Letterkenny.
“My girlfriend came back with me and I was in a lot of discomfort,” Casey continued. “It was a little upsetting for her and my daughter Maia, who is six, was at the game too. But I came around and Una was getting score updates from the lads and I was delighted to get the good news. The staff here have been great to me.
“It was nice of the lads to come in. Maybe my injury puts things in perspective but we’ve had a good season after working hard all year and getting a trophy means we have something to show for it. Nobody remembers you if you win nothing!”
Casey was unsure yesterday as to when he would be discharged from hospital but is expected to cheer on his teammates as they face neighbours Fanad United in the quarter-final of the Knockalla Caravans Cup on Thursday. The club’s facebook has been inundated with messages from well-wishers.