Wednesday 26 June 2019

Hat-trick hero Brennan has a Cabo revenge mission in mind

Marcus Cavaroli

Last week's hat-trick hero Sean Brennan and his teammates will be on a revenge mission when they head to Stradbrook to face current table-toppers Cabinteely on Saturday evening.

In the aftermath of his brilliant contribution to the victory over Limerick, Brennan was delighted to have made such an impact from the start after having to settle for four consecutive sub appearances before that game.

However, attentions quickly turned to Drogheda's next assignment, away to a Cabinteely side who scored four second-half goals when the sides met at United Park back in March.

Clearly that's a result that still rankles with the veteran Brennan two months later and he insists the team are anxious to make amends.

'It's not been a happy hunting ground for us [Stradbrook],' he told the Drogheda Independent, 'and we're not happy they came here and turned us over. It was a proper turning over as well, so we're not happy about that.

'We owe them one, so we'll be going down there all guns blazing for them.

'It's definitely motivation. We don't like anybody coming here and turning us over. They're obviously up there at the top of the league and it's another match we want to go and win and get closer to the top.

'They are a surprise package, but they're there on merit. They've got a big squad - a really good squad - and they put themselves about, they're physically fit and it's not going to be an easy game by any stretch.

'Their pitch obviously doesn't help at the best of times, but it's the same for them as it is for us.'

Brennan's confidence will be sky-high after that rare hat-trick, which comprised a perfectly judged backward header and two penalty kicks.

'I'd say the last one [hat-trick] was back when I played with Monaghan, about 10 years ago,' he recalled.

'It's a long time since I scored a header, it's a long time since I scored from play, to be fair!

'It's nice to get goals and we probably could have had six or seven tonight, with the amount of chances we had, but it doesn't seem to be going in for us at the minute.

'I know we conceded two sloppy ones, but it was a good performance. We should have been out of sight, but look, we'll take the three points and move on.'

Both teams felt aggrieved about a number of decisions by referee Adriano Reale who awarded three penalty kicks in a 10-minute spell in the second half.

'I thought they were all soft, to be honest,' said Brennan.

'The one that Luke gives away first, he's probably evened up with the second one. The third one, Chris went down and I don't know - they were kind of 50/50, sometimes you get them and sometimes you don't. Luckily we got two tonight, so we're happy enough.'

The fact that so many members of his family were there on the night just added to the sense of occasion for the 33-year-old midfielder, and many more young fans in the stand added loud vocal support for most of the 90 minutes.

'My brother Gavin, my wife, my little girl, my nephew and Mam were there. Most of them come to most of the games, it's great to have them there and I probably haven't had a more enjoyable night in recent times on the pitch.

'I've been in and out of the team, struggling a bit with an injury. I've a little niggle in my hamstring and can't seem to shake it at the minute. When you're working long days and trying to train and play it catches up on you. Hopefully it goes away fairly quickly.

'It's good to get back on the pitch and get plenty of minutes in and even nicer to score and get three points.'

When it was put to him that it was a good decision by manager Tim Clancy to bring him back into the starting line-up, Brennan responded: 'It makes Tim look good now, doesn't it!

'But I've been chomping at the bit the last couple of weeks and training really well and really hard, and I've made little impacts coming off the bench. So I've probably made that decision for him, to be fair.

'I definitely don't want to be a super-sub. I'm happy to play my part, but I prefer to play from the start than coming off the bench.'

Drogheda Independent