DCU Star Oisín Gallen makes his mark on his Croke Park debut

DCU star Oisín Gallen was on fine form as he fired four points in his Croke Park debut as Donegal snatched their second Division Two League title in history.

The 18-year old from Twin towns was one of Michael McConilogues most important players on the DCU Fresher team who lost to NUIG in the All-Ireland final by one point just over a month ago.

“He always had the ability to make something special happen on our team. He was our top scorer the whole season and a real leader,” McConilogue told the College View.

Gallen admitted to feeling confident going into the League final against Meath and didn’t want to let nerves get the better of him. “Croke Park is the place you always want to play in as a footballer, I just wanted to get onto the pitch. I felt we had a good run of games the weeks before against Kildare and Cork and when you play on the same line as players like Michael Murphy and Jamie Brennan you know you have to perform to the best you can,” said Gallen.

The match capped a thrilling fightback from the Ulster champions who fell 1-6 to 0-1 down after a nightmare start with the Meath full forward line much too strong for Donegal to handle.

Gallen has stated that he has learned so much from his teammates, manager and coaches since entering the Donegal senior set up, with Donegal manager Declan Bonner saying, “I think Oisín might have kicked two wides early on in the League final but Oisín’s a brave footballer, he’s a smart footballer. As I say, he’s very young, he’s only 18 years of age but his feet are firmly on the ground and he works hard for the team. He’s been really good for us throughout the league.”

The DCU forward stated he has learned from his All-Ireland defeat in March and was not prepared to lose two finals this year. “We just never hit form in the final against NUIG compared to the football we played in the earlier rounds, but you have to learn from them mistakes and move on, I will be hoping to be pushing for the DCU Sigerson team now next year and hope to remain on the Donegal team,” said Gallen.

The Twin towns man told the College View that he is aiming for the highest honours he can achieve this season and that he has no time for anything less. “You train to win an All-Ireland and that’s what I Believe we are going to do,” said Gallen.

Conor Breslin

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