Inniscarra tyro O'Donoghue revels in the Rebels' Munster triumph

Inniscarra tyro O'Donoghue revels in the Rebels' Munster triumph
Sean O'Donoghue with Peter Duggan of Clare. Picture: INPHO/Morgan Treacy

SUNDAY was an extra special day for Cork corner-back, Sean O’Donoghue.

The Inniscarra man collected his first senior Munster medal.

It also said it gives him the added bonus of having the opportunity to play at Croke Park – something he hasn’t done since he was about six with his school.

“It was my first Munster final, but we all just took it as another game. 

"But we didn’t want to go through the back door and were determined to try and come out on top and luckily it worked out for us.

“They seem to blitz a lot of teams at the very start and get going very fast and build up momentum. 

"But we just said if we can hold them out for the first 20 or 30 minutes, whilst trying to perform ourselves then we knew we would be in with a chance of winning.

“The scores before half-time were massive (a goal from Luke Meade and a sideline cut from Mark Coleman) and they brought us to within four points and put us in a fairly good position going in compared to where we could have been.

“And it showed there in the end just how vital they were. 

"But there were no harsh words at half-time, we knew where we were at and what we had to do.

“We knew going out that if we performed like we can then it would be difficult to stop us and we managed to up our game and thankfully it worked out for us."

Last year O'Donoghue played U21 in both codes, captaining the footballers who he won Munster with in 2016, now he's an established senior defender.

“It’s an honour and just unbelievable to win my first senior Munster medal. 

"It’s what fellas dream about when you are growing up playing hurling and I think I am the only fella today to collect my first medal so that’s a huge honour for me.

“They put us under a lot of pressure, particularly in the first-half and they have quality players like John Conlon that take some stopping. 

"But I think we managed to get a grip on them after the break and I think we got the better of their major players in that half.

“We needed to hold our positions better and make sure we set up our shape better and I think we managed to do that and it put us in a strong position to help close the game out.

“After their scores, we needed to calm down and make sure the next ball was the most important one and win that and we did that a lot better in the second-half.

“Even when we managed to get ahead we kept pushing and tried to make sure we didn’t let them back into it. 

"We are onto the All-Ireland semi-final now and can look forward to playing in Croke Park. 

"I have never played there in a competitive game like this and I think I was about six when I last did in a school thing.

“I am really looking forward to that, but there is plenty of work to be done ahead of the semi-final,” concluded Sean.

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