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‘We wanted it so badly’

Thursday, 1 December 2016

‘We wanted it so badly’ thumbnailDUAL star Chrissy McKaigue admits the thought of passing up an opportunity to rewrite the history books was the spur which drove Slaughtneil footballers on to an historic Ulster football title on Sunday. The Derry champions had three points to spare in th

DUAL star Chrissy McKaigue admits the thought of passing up an opportunity to rewrite the history books was the spur which drove Slaughtneil footballers on to an historic Ulster football title on Sunday. The Derry champions had three points to spare in the end over Down champions Kilcoo as they added the provincial football crown to the camogie and hurling titles already won by the small rural club.
It's a remarkable achievement but one which is the result of hard work, determination and no little skill.
“There was pressure on us and to get over the line is unbelievable," admitted McKaigue in the immediate aftermath of the 0-12 to 0-9 win.
"It is hard to put it into words, it has been an unbelievable year.
“We knew we might not have this opportunity again so we wanted to do it so badly," he added
“We have high standards and high expectations and we knew Kilcoo would represent an incredible task."
Kilcoo manager Paul McIver, who guided the Mourne men to their fifth county title this season, was disappointed but defiant as he came to terms with the loss.
“The boys have put in so much effort over the last five years and to come within a kick of the ball to win the Ulster is hard for us," said the Ballinderry man.

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