Tuesday 17 October 2017

Vincent Hogan: It was time for me to deliver, insists Yeats' scoring hero

Vincent Hogan

Vincent Hogan

A bare-footed Adrian Marren pads around the concrete dressing-room corridor like a day-tripper ambling on nearby Salthill promenade.

He gets his picture taken with a cut-glass trophy and grins sheepishly as he is directed towards a posse of media. Talking isn't really Marren's thing. He can serenade a football without conspicuous effort, but filling tape-recorders takes him to an unfamiliar place.

Being a Sligo footballer, a man can probably live a full and interesting life without being asked his opinion on much in the world. But Marren's brilliance against Galway now has people delivering the ultimate compliment. He's got them invoking the name of Mickey Kearins.

The odd thing is he's no novice here, no spring chicken. In fact, the man who's just shot a championship 2-6 sees himself as almost running out of time. "I'll be 28 come the next championship game, so I knew it was time to deliver and hopefully I can keep it going," he says.

Those who saw Sligo in the league express little surprise at Marren's haul because, they say, he's been stockpiling scores all season.

Still, the Curry player is naturally disinclined to explore personal glory.

He mentions the decision to start David Kelly, after a prolonged injury nightmare, as a kind of liberating call. "It's like having a new player because he really hasn't been back the last two years," explains Marren.

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"They (Galway) probably mightn't have expected him to start, but you could feel they were half afraid of him inside and that kind of freed me up.

"Two men seemed to go to him when he got on the ball, so it was a great help alright."

To a man, the Sligo players come to us articulating absolute belief. "Kevin (Walsh) knows a lot about Galway," says Marren. "We knew if we put in a big performance, there'd be only one winner."

Charlie Harrison concurs. "We had no doubt that we were going to win this game in Salthill," asserts the wing-back.

For Sligo, mind, a single masterpiece will never be enough. Two years ago, they evicted both Mayo and Galway from the Connacht championship only to then get mugged by Roscommon. It seemed almost wanton carelessness.

"The media got excited, the players got excited and the town got excited," recalls Harrison. "So we just want a low-key build up to this Connacht final and see what we can do.

"We're going to keep the heads down and hit the ground running. It's a squad that's been there, done that and hopefully we've learnt from the experiences of 2010."

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