Connor vowing to push Gallagher for the number one spot
By Gary McLaughlin
For 69 minutes, it was a relatively quiet afternoon for Sean Connor in the Louth goals as the majority of UCD's attacks ended in them hitting it over Connor's bar, scores he could not do anything about.
But with one minute left on the clock, Connor was called into action and in those few seconds he emerged a hero, as his outstanding save from Kevin McGourty's powerful drive set up a climatic finish and allowed Ronan Carroll the chance to finish the game with his last score.
Missing all of last season with Louth, Connor was delighted to get the call up this year and now he is promising to push Neil Gallagher all the way for the number one spot.
Speaking on his save, Connor was just happy to play his part.
"I suppose it's nice to be called into action right at the end and try to do your best for the team and that's what it's all about for us out there.
"It's teamwork and I was called into action at the end and made the save to thank God."
Connor knows the team will have to do better come February 6 when the National League starts, but he was happy to keep on the winning trail.
"They put the pressure on us in the second half. We didn't play well, we know we can play an awful lot better but it was great to get a good tough game there and take the good with the bad.
"We've to go back now to training. Fitzer was saying that on Tuesday night, we will sit down and look at ourselves, see what we were doing wrong and try and fix the bad things, but a win is a win.
"It's great to get to another final, even if its the O'Byrne Cup but you cannot say enough about playing competitive games."
Speaking on pushing for his place, Connor vowed to give it his all this year.
"It was great to get a run out", he said.
"I wasn't there last year. I was getting married and had club commitments. It was great to get the call for the trials and I really want to give it a go.
"Neil's number one, but I will push him all the way and if it means getting the better out of us, it will help us for the Championship as both of us will be doing our best."
From Connor's point of view, he thought the two goals in the space of a minute might have hindered his side as it allowed them to take their foot off the gas, something he is keen to avoid in the future.
Along with this, he is hoping to keep his spot for the final, but will not be bitter if fellow keeper Neil Gallagher gets the nod against Kildare on Sunday.
"It would be nice to keep the spot. Neil is there, number one last year, played well and he has saved them on many occasions.
"I will fight him all the way, but if he gets in, fair play to him, as I will push him all the way and I hope he will do the same for me."