Deadly Dan has dream Louth debut

Just sometimes dreams come true, and on Sunday in a packed Pairc Tailteann Louth new boy Daniel O’Connor stepped up and stole the headlines thanks to his last gasp game-winning goal.

Just sometimes dreams come true, and on Sunday in a packed Pairc Tailteann Louth new boy Daniel O’Connor stepped up and stole the headlines thanks to his last gasp game-winning goal.

The St Patrick’s debutant was still trying to come to terms with the whole episode in the tunnel afterwards.

“I just remember Ronan (Carroll) running through and I swung to pull out to make a bit of space for myself.

“Ronan is just so strong, he’ll keep running all day. I don’t remember much, but the ball came out and I just threw a leg at it.

“I remember thinking I should pick it up, but I threw the leg at it and luckily enough it just crawled in.

His goal was late but there was still some nervy moments to follow and O’Connor knew it was going to be a tight finish.

“We were just holding on for dear life at the end.

“To be honest we might not have deserved to win it, but that never say die attitude that we have - which we spoke about over the last couple of weeks in training was the difference.

The questions regarding Louth’s performance will certainly need to be addressed before The Wee County take on the mighty Dubs in Croke Park on June 3, but O’Connor was just delighted to get the result.

“Look it doesn’t matter how much we win by once we win at the end.

“We’re just glad that we won it and there was some great defending at the end to keep them out.”

As he headed into the dressing room, the smile on his face lit up the darkening tunnel in Pairc Tailteann and he struggled to contain his delight.

“It was brilliant, the stuff of dreams,” the young man finished.