TATTYREAGH boss Stephen McHugh made no attempt at masking his emotions when James Darcy fired into the net deep in injury time in yesterday’s Junior Championship final against Clogher.
It was a heart-stopping second-half but Darcy’s goal ensured that the Tatts would clinch their first ever Junior Championship, after a hugely difficult 12 months on and off the pitch.
A delirious McHugh stumbled to the ground amid the mania of the post-goal celebrations in the Tattyreagh dug-out.
A welcome throwback in the sanitised world of modern-day GAA – Jim Gavin, anyone? – and he was still over-the-moon after witnessing captain Collie Harkin lift the cup.
“I fell! I went down onto the ground. But it was brilliant, it was a fantastic result for this club, it was fantastic for everybody in the community and that’s what it’s all about.”
Tattyreagh’s victory packed a serious emotional punch. McHugh and Stephen Ferguson were on the sidelines when they succumbed to the Rock in last year’s Junior Championship final.
Football seemed a mere triviality, however, when team management member Dominic Early died in a car crash earlier this year, while losing Pat Darcy, the former Tyrone chairman, was another hammer blow.
Dom was listed in the match programme as Tattyreagh maor foirne, a suitable tribute.
McHugh commented, “It’s our centenary but all the focus was on Dominic Early and Pat Darcy. Dom was in my backroom team, he was part of the management set-up, his statistics were second-to-none.
“He was a brilliant lad and then you have Pat Darcy, club stalwart, county stalwart, Ulster stalwart.”
Posted: 11:26 am October 9, 2017