Carlow minor football Damien McMahon was able to breathe a big sigh of relief in Netwatch Cullen Park on Saturday as his charges beat neighbours Wicklow in the Leinster Championship.
Carlow found their kicking boots scoring 3-14 (23) to Wicklow’s 2-15 (21) to book their place in the Leinster quarter-final.
That game is against Kildare in St. Conleth’s Park, Newbridge on Saturday 10th of July at 12 o clock.
Speaking to KCLR, Damien said he was nervous coming into the game against Wicklow.
“I was having nightmares about this game,” said Damian, speaking of his worries coming into the game.
One of them was the fact that they only had two practice matches so they felt a bit undercooked going into such a big game, also that the game took place in Netwatch Cullen Park and not in Aughrim, which has not been a happy hunting ground for Carlow.
Carlow put in a huge score which will lift confidence levels, in one of their practice matches they only managed eight points, seven of them from frees.
Speaking to Scoreline about the game, Damien said:
“At this stage, I couldn’t have even told you what way the draw was going to go, my focus was on the Wicklow game”.
“We’re getting stronger, none of these lads will fear playing Kildare, we’re actually really looking forward to it, we’ve two weeks to prepare”.
“We feel we’re getting better, every single training session we go to, we have another two weeks, our scoring was good, we just need to cut out the errors that we made, tighten up things, we’ve a lot to work on”.
“As I’ve said to the players if every game we went to went perfect, you’d have nothing to work on in the next training sessions, so we’ve a lot to work on” Damian added.