Naomh Mearnog’s Shane Carthy has been lighting up the Dublin senior footballers performances in the O’Bynre Cup and National League, and says he is grateful for the opportunity given to him by Jim Gavin.
Speaking at the launch of the ESB EnergyFit programme last week, which saw 14 clubs from around the country take part in the campaign in an effort to become more energy efficient and ultimately save money, Carthy reflected on his participation in the senior footballers’ O’Byrne Cup success.
“Being involved in the cup has been a good start to the year, to get a few matches under my belt especially in pre-season. Now Jim [Gavin] has given me the chance, I hope I have been able to impress him.
“At the weekend against Cork, it didn’t go to plan, but we need to take the experience of that and build for this weekend’s match against Donegal.”
Dublin left it late to claim their wins in the cup, and it was Carthy’s contribution that led to victory in the final against Kildare in Newbridge at the end of January.
“We did leave it late in a lot of games and I’m not sure whether it was the opposition being good or us not being bad, but we were able to push through and have the belief we could go right to the 72nd minute. We just played right up to the final whistle and that’s what landed us the cup.”
Dublin faced Donegal, the side who defeated them in last year’s All-Ireland semi-final, this weekend, and Carthy expects that the Dubs can take something from that loss.
“We’d like to think we bring on a bit of experience from what happened there, and hopefully go a couple of steps further this year, which is the aim this year.
“You have to go through your bad spells as well as your good, whether you like it or not, and you do take more learning out of those difficult stages, whether it’s losing a game or taking a step back. But it’s about moving on from that and making sure you don’t make the same mistakes again, building on the experience.”
Naomh Mearnog’s senior footballers are looking to get themselves into the play-offs and a chance of graduating to Division 1 next season, something Carthy is hoping will be possible after some changes in the section.
“It has been a bit of a change with the club, we have a new management team and there has been a bit of a transformation with new players coming up into the senior team as some of the other players left. But that can only do us good. Bringing new players in freshens things up and gives a new voice in the team, and it’s great to have [new senior football manager] Cormac Sugrue at the helm.”