A beaming Richie is still coming to terms with their famous victory. “It was a great feeling to win the junior A football championship. It has been our goal for a long time. We worked hard all year and it was a great moment when the full time whistle sounded. It was a special moment for the club and for the whole parish. It means so much to all the players, management team, supporters and all the parishioners in our proud parish.”
Richie paid tribute to the entire Kilmacabea playing squad and to the management team of Kevin O’Driscoll, Noel McCarthy, Denis O’Driscoll and James O’Donovan for their expert coaching and guidance throughout the year. “We have all worked so well together. There has been a great team effort both from the players and the coaches. There has been a great hunger and sense of unity in our dressing room to win the Mick McCarthy Cup this year and thankfully all our hard work paid off. We trained fierce hard all year. Numbers were strong at training which helped ensure good competitive training sessions. Our management team have been great. The work they have put into helping us achieve our goal was unreal. It was great to reward their dedication with a championship title.”
Kilmacabea had to work hard to capture the divisional championship crown. The black and amber outfit moved to within two points of Kilmacabea following a sublime Josh O’Donovan goal in the 42nd minute. Two points in the closing stages from Ger O’Donovan and Richie O’Sullivan however sealed a famous triumph for Kilmacabea. “Kilbrittain made us work hard so hard for our win. We knew coming into the game that we would have to work hard and play well to win. They are a very good team. They put up a great battle. We weathered their storm after they got their second goal and thankfully we got over the line for a great win.”
A modest Richie who netted two brilliant goals plays down his immense contribution to their stunning success. Richie displayed great skill, pace, panache and confidence with two superb goals fitting to win a divisional crown. “They were great moments when the ball hits the back of the net. It was a great feeling. I will always remember those goals. The main thing was that we won the game. It is a team game and every player on our panel worked hard and contributed to our historic success. That was our goal and objective all year, to win the SW Junior A football championship title.”
Kilmcabea players Mark Jennings, Ciaran O’Donovan and Thomas Jennings celebrate their win.