By Conor McKenna
LAOIS goalkeeper Enda Rowland feels that winning the Joe McDonagh Cup is the best achievement of his inter-county career to date, as it’s the first piece of silverware that he’s won when representing his county.
“It’s the first piece of silverware in a Laois jersey, so yeah it’s the best achievement. We said what we wanted to do is to win the Joe McDonagh. We got there so we’re happy with that.
“Relieved we got the win to tell you the truth. We knew Westmeath were going to be a serious test and we knew we had to bring our best game and thankfully we performed on the day and I’m just happy to get the win,” Rowland said.
Rowland is looking forward to playing in the Liam McCarthy as it will give his side a chance to play against some of the best teams in the country.
“We’re relishing the chance to play in the Liam McCarthy. As a hurler you want to play at the highest level and we get the chance to that next year and play against the big teams so that’s what you want, you relish those days.
“It’s been a positive year. We got to the quarter-final of the league. Could have got another win or two in the league but we got to the quarter-final. Got a game against Limerick, stayed progressing. Unbeaten in the Joe McDonagh, can’t ask for much more than that so far,” he said.
Laois now face Dublin in the All-Ireland preliminary quarter-final next weekend and the goalkeeper remarked how Laois will be taking that tie very seriously as it gives them a chance to reach the All-Ireland quarter-final.
“Dublin next weekend. We’ll enjoy tonight but we’ll be ready for Dublin. That’s not just a game, it’s a game we want to win. It’s a chance to get to an All-Ireland quarter final so we’re going to be taking that game very serious,” Rowland added.