Hunterstown Rovers substitute Brendan Lennon played a pivotal part in his side’s final victory and claimed the man of the match award – despite not even starting the game.
A disappointing early injury to Ciaran Carrie allowed Lennon to come off the bench earlier than he would have anticipated and he set up the first goal and scored the second all before half time to well and truly set his side on their way to the win.
“It was brilliant because it is always disappointing not to start but I was happy to play my part when I got on which I managed to do and I was delighted with that especially winning the award,” he said with the gong for MotM clutched proudly in hand. “It was a tight game when I came on and we knew that finals don’t come around too often so you really have to make the most of them.
“We just wanted to take advantage of the chance when we got it and when [William] Woods went off for them it was a big blow so we pushed on from there and didn’t look back and I thought we played very well.”
Finals of course are not won on Sunday evenings in September and Lennon paid tribute to the commitment of the squad for the dedication and effort they showed during the winter months to build to the showpiece final.
“It is an unbelievable win and every one of the lads is delighted with it because we have worked so hard from the start of January and been out there training in rain and wind and tough conditions to build towards this,” continued the versatile Lennon.