O’Kane honoured to skipper side in Tommy Mac’s memory

O’Kane honoured to  skipper side in Tommy Mac’s memory
Mickey O’Kane skippered the Tommy McConville XI in their 6-0 loss at Oriel Park and said it was a true honour to do so in memory of the local legend.

Mickey O’Kane skippered the Tommy McConville XI in their 6-0 loss at Oriel Park and said it was a true honour to do so in memory of the local legend.

“It is great to be part of this charity match and to be captain on top of it is a real honour, especially for Tommy Mac”, said O’Kane afterwards.

“Having played under him as a manager, and also having him as a good friend for a number of years makes it special. It is a real honour.”

The Woodview man was also pleased with how his side performed and felt that the 6-0 scoreline was something of an unfair reflection on the proceedings.

“I thought that the boys played reasonably well. You can really see the quality that Dundalk have. I hear they’re tipped to win the league so we didn’t do too bad, considering at some stages it could have been double figures,” he smiled.

“But it was a good laugh and the boys tried their hardest and we did well. The score probably was a bit flattering for them because we had decent chances and we could have maybe made the scoreline a bit smaller but that’s football for you. What can you do? You have to take your chances.”

O’Kane, a staple of the sides that have participated in this fixture in the past, admitted it was noticeably different without ‘Tommy Mac’ present for the fixture.

He said the team did their best to conduct themselves during the game in the way he would have wanted and that he will always have fond memories of the man who was a great influence on himself and indeed, on football in the area.

“I suppose it is a little bit different this year as Tommy always liked to have the craic with everyone. He really is a big loss,” lamented O’Kane. “He got people going and was a really great character.

“Credit to the boys, they tried to do the same as he would have told us to by applying themselves well and getting stuck in but it just didn’t happen for us on the night and that can happen to anyone.

“He was definitely a big influence on me,” he added. “I knew him from when he managed me underage at Dundalk and he also helped out with Woodview a couple of years ago. He was someone that I was very close to and that I miss.”