Colm McFadden rounded off a memorable week when his first son was born to help Donegal to their third successive Ulster final.
Creeslough native McFadden and his wife Levina, who have a one-year-old girl called Maisie, celebrated the birth of baby Matthew on Wednesday evening.
Then, yesterday, the St Michael’s forward put in an excellent performance at Breffni Park in Cavan.
“It was a good week all ‘round,” 30-year-old McFadden said with a grin after the 0-12 to 0-9 win over a competitive Down side.
“It was a bit of a rush on Wednsday and we’ve all heard these stories about people stopping on the side of the road but thankfully it never came to that!
“The baby was due on Tuesday and I was wondering the closer to the weekend it got, I might’ve had to put a phone in my sock if it came to today and the match.
“But at 8:15pmon Wednesday evening Matthew was born. I was watching Maisie for the rest of the week but Levina got home on Saturday and both she and Matthew were well.
“As for the game, Down made it really tough for us. We just couldn’t shake them off and we worked very hard for one another.”
2001 Brendan Devenney 1-18
2002 Adrian Sweeney 2-28
2003 Adrian Sweeney 0-41
2004 Colm McFadden 1-15
2005 Colm McFadden 0-19
2006 Rory Kavanagh 1-10
2007 Brendan Devenney 2-9
2008 Michael Murphy 3-8
2009 Michael Murphy 0-34
2010 Michael Murphy 0-8
2011 Colm McFadden 1-16
2012 Colm McFadden 4-32
2013 Colm McFadden 1-8