Michael Hegarty gracious in defeat


Michael Hegarty gracious in defeat
Gerry McLaughlin sport@donegaldemocrat.com @dgldemocrat

Gracious in victory and graceful in defeat, Michael Hegarty was ever thus.

The fit and feisty 38-year-old scored a magnificent point for his club but they still came up just a little short.

It would have been very easy for him to slip quietly away, but the gentlemanly Michael did not duck the usual painful questions.

This was his first ever county final and he is probably the only Kilcar player to even remotely remember his club’s last triumph back in 1993.

“I am very disappointed as we played poorly, but fair play to Glenswilly, they did their homework and their game plan worked a treat.

“Their early goal was a great platform and we just kept plugging away and maybe if we had to get that equalising point we might have taken it to another day”.

But he gave full credit to the triumphant Glenswilly.

“They came here as big underdogs, played to their strengths and were deserving winners on the day”

So was the favourites' tag a burden too far for the young and relatively inexperienced Kilcar side?

“I suppose the fact that Glenties were very good and people had them as favourites and we had a big win in the semi-final and that leaves you open.

“That just goes with the game”.

For the vastly experienced Hegarty, this was a salutary experience.

“We waited a long time and it was great to get to the final but it is no good unless you win it.

“I suppose it was a good experience for the younger lads.

“We just played poorly and there was a lot of expectation around us.

“On the day a bounce of the ball can decide things or a few near misses, but that is football”

Michael referenced the Glenswilly goal as giving a great platform to the winners.

“The goal from Michael Murphy was a great foundation for them and he had a really great game for them.

“The day that was in it and with things not going your way, we were in that position previously and held on but credit where credit is due.

“Glenswilly held on.

“Conditions did not suit us and everything seemed to be gong against us.

“We played against the wind in the first half and then it seemed to turn the other way.

“Everything that went wrong today, went wrong today but that is football”.

“We have a small pick and luckily enough we have some young players who will still be around”.

And on the evidence of yesterday, Michael Hegarty looks like he could be around as well!