Friday 24 October 2014

'Medal number eight as sweet as any' says O'Hara

Published 15/10/2013 | 05:40

Eamonn O'Hara, Tourlestrane, wins this duel with Tubber's Aidan Brennan during the county final at Markievicz Park.

At 38 years of age and with eight county senior championship medals tucked away, Eamonn O'Hara, is as enthusaistic about his football now as ever.

"This medal is just as sweet as the rest of them," he beamed.

"You never get tired of winning Championships and I will treasure this one as much as any I've won in my career".

O'Hara's big matche experience was crucial as Tourlestrane had to dig deep to hold off a stern challenge from Tubbercurry in Sunday's county final.

"We had a few experienced lads who were down this road before and I suppose that helped," he agreed.

"But you have to give our younger players credit to.

"They stepped up to the plate all year.

"I've always said that football is not about individuals, whether it's with the club or county.

"It's all about a team effort and that's what won it for us today"

O'Hara has had a tough twelve months, battling back from a potentially career-threatening injury, and being left out of the Sligo senior squad for the first time ever.

"Yes, it was tough at times but you have to put these knocks behind you and move on," he said.

"I worked very hard to get back from my injury and thankfully I felt great this year.

"Playing for my club has always been special for me and I'm thrilled to be part of this success"

Tourletrane went into the final as favourites but they were expecting a tough challenge from their South Sligo neighbours.

"We have great respect for Tubber, as you would have for any team in a county final," said O'Hara.

"They haven't won a senior title for over twenty years so there were very hungry for this one.

"They really put it up to us but I felt we just had that little edge over the hour.

"I don't think it was a great game and we certainly didn't play to our best.

"But when you get to a county final, it's all about winning.

"We worked very hard as a management team and as a group of players all year.

"It was tough going at times but days like this make it all worthwhile."

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