Sham­rock Gaels are In­ter­me­di­ate cham­pi­ons.

The Sligo Champion - - SPORT - By GERRY MCLAUGH­LIN

IF true tri­umph is ela­tion rec­ol­lected in tran­quil­lity, then those bound­ing Sham­rock Gaels boys will be on a high for quite some time.

And, vic­tory is al­ways sweeter when it is al­most snatched from your grasp.

Bad enough that Curry had cut a late three points lead to level mat­ters in the drawn game.

And it looked like their lon­gawaited cup was go­ing to be snatched from them yet again when Curry’s vet­eran Sean Davey hit a scram­bled goal just less than ten min­utes from time.

But, John McPart­land’s young men showed true grit when it re­ally mat­tered and none more so than trusty marks­man David Quinn who put them back in front when they re­ally needed it.

Quinn was un­der­stand­ably very emo­tional in the im­me­di­ate af­ter­math of a fa­mous vic­tory.

A breath­less Quinn told the Sligo Cham­pion:

“When they got the goal, we thought, here we go again, but there is buck­ets of char­ac­ter in this team.

“It is a 20 man game and we knew that and there is bot­tle in this team. There was a cer­tain man that ques­tioned our bot­tle and I don’t think you can ques­tion that to­day”.

And he saluted mi­nor star Dylan Wil­lis for that truly golden goal.

“Dylan Wil­lis is still a mi­nor and he came on and vir­tu­ally won us the game.

“I am just so happy, 1985 was the last time we won an In­ter­me­di­ate ti­tle and we won a se­nior ti­tle last in 1992.

“It is great to be back in the se­nior grade and this is a young team and we de­serve to be in se­nior foot­ball.

“But Curry are an in­cred­i­ble team too, Adrian Mar­ren, Red Og Mur­phy and Mikey Gor­don are all great play­ers and they showed mighty char­ac­ter in com­ing back and mak­ing it so tough for us.”

So what does this vic­tory mean to Sham­rock Gaels?

“Just look around, it means so much, I saw my two aun­ties there cry­ing.

“It is all about our fam­ily, our com­mu­nity and our club and I am just so happy”, said the tal­ented 25-year-old.

“We lost a fi­nal in 2014 when we got well beaten by Calry but it is just un­real to come out on top here to­day. We will en­joy this one”.

And so will their Fer­managh na­tive man­ager John McPart­land who said he never lost faith in their courage and char­ac­ter.

An emo­tional John said he was “ab­so­lutely de­lighted”.

“It’s not great for the heart but we have lived on the edge al year with some very close games and Curry are great bat­tlers, but I al­ways knew it was in our lads.

“This is a very young team with six U-20’s and four mi­nors and they were in a lot of un­der­age fi­nals this year as well.

“So there is great po­ten­tial for the fu­ture.

“I could not ask for any more from them and they can go to much greater things.

“We were al­ready in Di­vi­sion One of the SFL and fin­ished mid table so that also stood to us.

“And it is on­wards and up­wards from here.”

Sham­rock Rovers play­ers cel­e­brate their fa­mous vic­tory. Pics: Tom Cal­lanan.

Brian Boyd and David Quinn cel­e­brate their vic­tory.

Frank Quinn of Sham­rock Gaels heads goal­wards.

Young Kate McMor­row and her mother Michelle cel­e­brate Sham­rock Gaels’ big win.

Sham­rock Gaels play­ers , James Car­roll and Dil­lon McDermott cel­e­brate their vic­tory with one of their long­est serv­ing of­fi­cials P.J. Quigley

Tommy Sten­son and Craig Gal­lagher de­fend the Curry goal.

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