‘It’s unbelievable to be at the height of gaelic football’ – O’Connor

Darach O'Connor celebrating after Sunday's game. Photo Evan Logan

Buncrana’s Darach O Connor spoke of his sheer amazement at the fact that he is three weeks away from an All Ireland final in his first season on the Donegal senior panel.

Speaking to the Inishowen Independent straight after the game on Sunday, O Connor said it was simply unbelievable: “This time last year I was playing in a minor final with the club and it was brilliant to win that and to be standing here a year later just three weeks away from an All Ireland senior final is just unbelievable,” said the Buncrana youngster.

The young forward has been a key member of the squad this year and played his part off the bench on Sunday was full of praise for Jim McGuinness and the backroom team. “Jim and the boys had everything down to a tee. Our preparation for the game was first class and we were convinced that we could win here today,” said O Connor.

Dublin were the raging hot favourites ahead of Sunday’s game and although O Connor agreed that they deserved the favourites tag, he did admit that they were shocked at how much they had been written off. “Look Dublin were worthy favourites as they have brought things to a new level in the game but we were a little bit shocked at the way people were completly writing us off,” said O Connor.

The youngster also admitted that when the call eventually came from Jim McGuinness, he was a little bit nervous before he took the field. “Ah there were nerves there for sure, but look this is what we have trained for all year. I knew exactly what I had to do when I went on the pitch and I was just delighted to get a run out,” said the teenager.

O Connor was also keen to point out the impact made by the supporters during the game. “The supporters were brilliant again today. It would have been very easy for a lot of them not to have travelled given the fact that we had been written off but they were great and they make some difference that’s for sure,” he said.

It’s now all about the final in three weeks time and O Connor knew immediately after the game that focus would be fully shifted onto Kerry. “Kerry will probably be favourites the next day too, they have some great players and we will just have to get the head down now for three weeks and hopefully we can get over the line one more time,” said O Connor.

 

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