Winning me ntality drive s the Blue s on to succe ss
ROSS Nally and Kevin Carr have been winning championship titles almost as long as they have been playing football and the winning mentality instilled into this Newtown Blues group was there for all to see again on Saturday night.
‘It is just surreal,’ Carr said. ‘I have played underage with that group of lads and we have won championships at every age group, for me personally to finish my under-age career with an under 21 championship is fantastic, hopefully in the next few years we can keep at it and continue to be successful’
‘We’re just enjoying playing the game and we just want to play and work hard for each other, we have that feeling of winning and we don’t want to lose it.’
Nally echoed those sentiments, stating that at the beginning of the campaign the aim for the Blues was to try to win every competition that they entered. He talked about the sheer hunger and drive that was instilled in him and the rest of his team mates since under 14 and now onto under 21 and senior level. ‘We set out at the start of the year to try to win every competition we were in,’ explained Nally. ‘From under 14 until now that hunger is still there to win and keep working hard.’
The winning mentality was evident in the second half especially. Having been reduced to fourteen men following Ciaran Downey’s dismissal entering the last quarter, the amalgamation side scored a few consecutive points but according to Nally it was all about maintaining composure and crucially not conceding a goal which Dean Martin played his part in with a fine save in each half.
‘It was about keeping that scoreboard ticking over,’ stated Nally. ‘ Once we did not concede a goal, we did not mind conceding a couple of points here and there.’
A personal bonus for Ross Nally was that this is the first time he has lined out for the Blues along with his younger brother Daire another exciting prospect. Younger brother Daire’s impact following his introduction as a substitute was important. For Ross, it made this under 21 championship success a little bit special.
‘It is the first time that I have got to play with Daire, I am 20 years old, he is 18 next month so we never got a chance to play together as two years is a big gap in under age football,’ he explained.
‘I was delighted that I got the chance to play with him, he is a good young player and hopefully he will be an asset to the senior team in a few years’ time.’
Marc Ward of Mattock/Hunterstown/Glen Emmets and Jamie Kelly, Newtown Blues compete for possession.