"Everything we do now is a bonus" - Branagan

December 08, 2022

Kilcoo's Aaron Branagan celebrates after scoring a goal against Derrygonnelly. ©INPHO/Morgan Treacy.

Kilcoo star Aaron Branagan says the Magpies are in “bonus territory” as they get set to head into Sunday’s Ulster club SFC final against Glen (1pm).

Having come through a tough campaign in the Down championship, Kilcoo are now bidding to win their third provincial title on the bounce when they meet the Derry champions at the Athletic Grounds.

Speaking to RTE Sport this week, corner-back Branagan feels that there’s less pressure than last year to reach the same All-Ireland final stage they triumphed on.

"Down was hard to come out of this year but I think with having won the All-Ireland, there's a lot more pressure off us and football's a lot more enjoyable," he said.

"People don't really see this side of the GAA but not that it's not enjoyable but when you're in that winning environment there's a lot of pressure on you and sometimes the enjoyment can go because there's so much pressure on.

“I know after we won Down, there was a pressure to win Ulster and once you win Ulster, you get beaten in an All-Ireland final. There was that pressure to get back there and now we've got to that holy grail, there's less pressure now because it's all bonus territory. Everything we do now is a bonus."

Most Read Stories