BY GER McCARTHY
DANIEL O’Donovan wants what his team-mates already have: a West Cork JAFC winner’s medal.
His first season back in Kilmacabea colours is going better than he ever expected, but he wants more.
After several seasons with Bishopstown, he returned home to his roots this year – and his addition has been a big boost to a team chasing its second consecutive Carbery junior A football crown.
‘This will be my first West Cork final but the lads have experienced all this before and the victories needed to get to a final,’ O’Donovan said.
‘It is exciting and something special to look forward to. I was delighted to see the lads doing so well last year.
‘Now that I’m part of the set-up, I can see that there are some serious players from one to 15 and more coming off the bench too.
‘It is not that surprising to see how far the lads went last year having started training with them again.’
The transition from senior to junior football has been a tough one for O’Donovan in a campaign Kilmacabea overcame Kilbrittain, Castlehaven and St James to reach a second consecutive West Cork final.
‘You have to grind our results in junior football, especially on the days when things just don’t go your way,’ he said.
‘We did that against Castlehaven and also in the semi-final against St James. They both got off to good starts but we came back at them and they tested us to the full. Thank God, we pulled through in the end.
‘Hopefully, ourselves and Tadhg MacCarthaigh, is going to be a good final. They didn’t get a great start against Ballinascarthy but turned things around before going on to win. They are a serious outfit and I am really looking forward to the final now.’