“A point victory is sweet enough too” | Darragh O’Donovan reacts to Munster final win

The midfielder has perhaps been one of Limerick’s unsung heroes this year, putting in tireless displays all year, popping up with four points along the way.

Darragh O’Donovan has been a vital cog in Limerick’s fifth successive Munster championship win, with the Doon man playing every single game this year on the way to the cup, as well across the five year period.

The midfielder has perhaps been one of Limerick’s unsung heroes this year, putting in tireless displays all year, popping up with 0-4 along the way.

Speaking after completing the five in a row in the province on Sunday, O’Donovan mentioned the spotlight his side had been under this year, but felt they had been unlucky not to win certain games.

“There was a lot of things said about us, we were only focused on ourselves. The game against Clare I think we had twelve wides in the second half, we could have easily converted those scores and won the game. Perception is reality for some people, they pull out a narrative and then everyone believes it, because people can’t make up their own minds. We were a lot fresher today than what we were 6/8 weeks ago, anyone who wants to come in here and play us fair enough, playing a Munster final in front of our supporters is unbelievable. 2019 we won it here, the lads obviously won it in 2013, it’s nice to win it again.”

11 June 2023; Darragh O’Donovan of Limerick celebrates after the Munster GAA Hurling Championship Final match between Clare and Limerick at TUS Gaelic Grounds in Limerick. Photo by John Sheridan/Sportsfile

While this year has seen a slight drop in Limericks performances, facing elimination from the championship had they lost the Cork game, John Kiely’s men have won yet another Mick Mackey cup, and find themselves in the All-Ireland semi-final.

It may not have been as straightforward a journey to the cup as previous years, but O’Donovan says it feels just as good as the first one, and that he and his teammates are “looking forward” to a trip to Croke Park in four weeks time.

“I don’t care whether we win by a point of 21 points, a point victory is sweet enough too. It doesn’t really matter what way you go about it, semi-finals, quarter-finals you just play what’s in front of you, whatever is coming in front of us we take them on. We’ll be focusing in the next 4/5 weeks on getting a performance out of that day, we like going to Croke Park so we’re looking forward to that.”

O’Donovan has not missed a game so far, and has been one of Kiely’s brightest performers, consistently putting in quality performances, even on days when things haven’t gone according to plan for the Shannonsiders.

The Doon clubman is guaranteed his midfield birth in Croke Park in four weeks time, as he aims to guide his side to yet another All-Ireland final, and the brink of even more history as they prepare for a sixth successive last four berth against one of Galway, Tipperary or Offaly.

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