No more tears on Lurgybrack Hill - Henderson


No more tears on Lurgybrack Hill - Henderson
Tom Comack @dgldemocrat

Lee Henderson captained Sean MacCumhaill’s to their second Donegal Senior Championship title on Saturday.

The captain led from the front and top scored with ten points from midfield with all his scores from placed balls and a number of them from long distance.

A member of the 2010 winning team - the first from the club - he felt he was honoured and privileged to captain the second team from the club to climb the steps to claim the Munster Cup.

“I’m privileged to be the leader of this squad, the so-called leader because this team is full of leaders,” the skipper insisted afterwards.

“I’m just so happy to be captain of these boys. I was privileged at the start of the year when Eamon (McAuley) made me captain.

“There are a lot more leaders in that team, Paddy Hannigan and Jamesie Donnelly are older and more experienced than me and great leaders too.

“I’m happy to lead the boys over the line today. It has been a great season and this is the crowning glory and those disappointments of 2009, ‘12, ‘14 and ‘15 have all been wiped away today with this victory.”

Sean MacCumhaill’s, on the back of five straight championship wins including a four point earlier round win over Burt, went into the final as favourites.

And the captain admitted that that brought its own pressure.

“We were under the cosh because everybody was expecting us to win today because we had beaten Burt already in the championship and came into the final on the back of an unbeaten run.

“But we knew that Burt are never easily beaten in a final. They have flown the flag for Donegal over the last number of years and we knew that they were not going to go down without a fight.”

In the end the captain believes it all came down to hunger and the hurt of losing their previous four final meetings with Burt.

“We were hungrier and wanted to win this so badly after losing last year’s final by a point.

“Last year’s defeat and those other final defeats hurt and a lot of boys took them bad, especially last year when we lost by the point. So when we got down to training at the start of the year the main goal was to get back to the final and win it.

“It was vital that we got both halves off to a good start after our experience in the last couple of finals where we were chasing the games from early.

“That was something we spoke about all week.

“We had cried enough times going up Lurgybrack hill that there was no way we were going to be going up Lurgybrack this evening crying.”