They’ve been smashing one record after another - first senior trophy, first Ulster Junior Cup, first premier division title - but the captain of Inishowen League side Greencastle, Mark Henry, says there’s one more accolade to chase this season.
No Inishowen League side in history has ever secured the league title with maximum points, and having won 15 of their 15 league games so far, the Chapel Lane boys are just one match away from making a fantastic season absolutely legendary.
Standing in the way are the toppled champions Glengad, who Greencastle will face at the Crua, probably on Sunday week.
Shane Byrne’s men haven’t lost a home league match in three years, but Henry insists the Greencastle players are on a mission to take their rampant form all the way to the end.
He told us: “It would be the icing on the cake to go 16 out of 16. Sides have gone unbeaten to lift the title in the past, but none have ever taken all three points from every match.
“When we got to 14 we said ‘if we beat Carn then we should go all out for the 16’, and it’s within our reach without a shadow of a doubt.
“Glengad are feeling the hurt this season. We took the league title off them, and they aren’t going to give it to us easy at the Crua, but I think we have the confidence, and the legs, to take them.”
The 31-year-old centre half says the mood at Chapel Lane is a million miles away from gloom hanging over the club midway through the 2017/18 season.
“We got off to a bad start last season,” he said, “and from having such high hopes to sitting at Christmas with hardly any points on the table was a real downer.
“But then we finally hit our stride, and actually went ten games unbeaten for the rest of the season.
“From then on, we never looked back. The belief kicked in, and once you have that winning mentality it’s hard for other teams to shake you off your game.”
Henry insists all credit must go to the players, who fully committed to Pat and Kevin McLaughlin’s game plan from the very start of the season.
“The boys can be proud that they bought into everything being laid out for them,” he said.
“As a side a real maturity has come out in them that maybe wasn’t there before, and that has been the turning point.
“The Greencastle of old, if they went 1-0 down, would have lost the match, but now the thinking is ‘there’s no panic, we’ll pull it back’.”
And Henry says he’s still pinching himself this week as the enormity of what they have achieved begins to sink in.
“Our priority was always going to be the league, but to claim two trophies on top of that, we’re like ‘oh my god is this really happening?’
“On Sunday, the support that came out in Greencastle to watch us take home the league trophy, it was amazing.
“No feeling beats it, and it was a very proud moment for me personally.”
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