Monday 14 October 2019

'I just went for it' - Goalscoring hero Eoin Murchan struggling to absorb the enormity of Dublin triumph

Eoin Murchan of Dublin celebrates after scoring his side's first goal during the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final Replay match between Dublin and Kerry at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile
Eoin Murchan of Dublin celebrates after scoring his side's first goal during the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Final Replay match between Dublin and Kerry at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile
David Kelly

David Kelly

DUBLIN’S goal hero Eoin Murchan said it will take a while for his remarkable intervention in Dublin’s historic All-Ireland win to sink in.

“It’s not fully sinking in at the moment,” said the Na Fianna man, who was a late inclusion in Jim Gavin’s side.

“It’s been a tough slog for me to get here, things didn’t go well in the league but to be finally here is great.

“It’s easy to play well with this group of lads. You feed off that and that helps you get better. I can’t remember what happened with the goal, I just went for it and wanted to see what happened.

“I knew I was in the team on Thursday and I was fairly happy, I just needed to keep it quiet and do my own job. We have such great support and it helps to drive us on. It’s hard work, nobody is allowed to get complacent.”

Brian Howard declared that Dublin’s hungry quest for success will not be sapped after completing their historic fifth All-Ireland football win in a row.

“We tried to treat this like any other game but we knew that the elephant in the room was the five in a row,” said the Raheny star.

“But this is my third and I don’t want to stop here. We will have to treasure this because this is a massive achievement. But we are not going to stop now.

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“It’s a special day for everyone involved. We have some young and old lads on the team, some have been there for all five but some have only been there for one or two. So we’re still hungry.

“We knew how dangerous they were so we had to be switched on for the entire second-half. There as just a sense of relief at the end.”

Murchan’s extraordinary goal just seconds into the second-half was the launching pad.

“Eoin is one of the fastest guys on the team and we just peeled away and it just happened that way for him.

“It’s just an unbelievable group of men to come together and achieve what we have done. These days are very special and you feel so privileged.”

Ciaran Kilkenny was ebullient as Jim Gavin’s men reached the promised land.

“It’s the most incredible feeling I’ve ever had in my life. It’s so emotional. We did it! It’s such relief after the first game, a titanic battle. We have such respect for the Kerry team.

“There are grown men in tears out on the field.  It’s great for our supporters. Let’s go party!

“It means absolutely everything, to get over the line feels so much. I’ve never felt emotion like that. This is what GAA is all about. We’ve had to do so much work away from our families.

“Eoin Murchan just has electric pace, I’m delighted he got the score and I’m delighted we were able to push on.”

Dean Rock scored two points from play and a 45 – although no frees as unusually the winners did not score any free.

“It’s hard to put into words. We’re blessed to have this chance after the last day when it looked like we were down and out.

“But the lads kept fighting and we had the chance today to do it again and do it right. Defending as a team is bred into this team, it doesn’t matter who scores or gets the tackles, once we all get the result at the end of the day.

“We knew we didn’t do ourselves justice in the first game fourteen men or not. We knew we had the chance to win it but didn’t do it.

“For Eoin to get the goal today, it wasn’t really planned but it was a brilliant goal but what a man to step up and do it for us.”

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