Win­ning me ntal­ity drive s the Blue s on to succe ss

Drogheda Independent - - SPORT -

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.

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