Vikki McGinn turned in a Player of the Match performance in Louth’s Leinster title victory over Offaly on Sunday afternoon.
However, shortly after accepting the Player of the Match trophy, the Newtown Blues player was quick to put the victory down to a great team display.
“There is no doubt that everybody from 1 to 15 along with the subs that came on, played their part in the win.
“They were absolutely brilliant and everyone gave 100 per cent so there was no way we were going to lose it.
“Some of the girls nearly had to be carried off with exhaustion at the end after putting so much into the game.
“This really is a huge lift for the county and we are absolutely over the moon to have won the title. It makes all the effort of the last couple of years worthwhile”, added the Drogheda girl who was delighted to have been back playing after a lengthy injury.
“I picked up an ankle injury playing in the Division 2 Final against St Patricks and I was out for about seven weeks. It was very frustrating not being able to train with everyone else and just doing a bit of light work on my own.
“I managed to get back for the Wexford game and it was great to come on as sub”, added Vikki who admitted that given the strength of the squad she wasn’t even sure if she would be playing.
“I normally play half back so when the first seven names were called out and I wasn’t in them, I began to fear the worst. Then I was named in midfield and I was determined to give it my all.
“I have played alongside Grace a few times at midfield in the league so we have a good understanding and it worked well for us today. It was a nice bonus to win the Player of the Match award but it really is all about the team winning”, continued Vikki.
The midfielder admitted that victory has given the players a taste for more success and they are already looking ahead to the All-Ireland.
“We will enjoy the victory but we are not going to celebrate too much as we want to get back down to work and get ourselves ready for the Antrim game. That is going to be a big challenge for us but we are determined to give it our best shot”, added Vikki.