Double winning Cockhill boss Donal O’Brien was full of praise for every single player in his squad after the local side clinched their second Ulster Senior League title in four season’s after a memorable 3-2 win over rivals Drumkeen United.
Speaking to the Inishowen Independent after the game on Sunday, O’Brien was glowing in his praise for his player’s, “These boys deserve massive credit for the effort and commitment they have put in all season long and have got their just rewards in winning the league and cup double.”
O’Brien was keen to point out that it was not for any financial gain that these players are lining out for Cockhill Celtic.
“We have boys in this squad who travel from all parts of Inishowen to train twice a week and play a match on a Sunday for no financial gain, in fact they all pay 5 euro each on a Sunday which is what its all about as far as I am concerned” said the Dubliner.
Although he was obviously delighted for every player in the squad O’Brien was keen to give a special mention to his captain Liam O’Donnell, who has spoken about retirement at the end of the current season.
“Liam O’Donnell owes this club nothing and as far as I am concerned whatever decision he makes, I will give him my full backing, although I would be telling a lie if I said I didn’t want him back again next season” he said with a smile.
O’Brien also spoke very highly of the community spirit within the club and also of the volunteers who give their free time to make sure the club is run as smoothly as possible, “The amount of work that goes on behind the scenes at this club is incredible, from the committee members, to the people who keep the pitch in such great order and even the supporters who give up their free time every Sunday to come and watch the team all over the county.”
Finally O’Brien wanted to thank his backroom team of, Sean McLaughlin, Shane Gallivan and John McIlroy who he says, “have all been a massive help to me all year and without them I would of struggled to get through the season.”
The next aim now for the manager is a good run in the FAI Intermediate Cup which he believes is a realistic target, “I believe that with a little bit of luck in the draw then we have the players at this club to give the Intermediate Cup a right good shot.”