STEPHEN CALLS IT A DAY

15 December 2017 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Gollogly calls time on fourteen years in Monaghan jersey

By COLM SHALVEY

Stephen Gollogly says his retirement from inter-county football after 14 campaigns was “an easy decision” and one he had in mind for some time. Limited game time and family commitments in the last year or two helped make his mind up and Gollogly says he knew in his heart and his soul that the time was right, safe in the knowledge that he had given it his all.

Gollogly acknowledges that Monaghan had several “lean years” in the early part of his time in the white and blue, with the exception of the memorable Division Two league victory in 2005, but he said it was satisfying to enjoy so much success in latter campaigns.

Further NFL titles followed in Divisions Three and Two in 2013 and 2014, along with, of course, a pair of Ulster championship victories (’13 and ’15). Gollogly’s view was that the second of those was “more enjoyable”; having backed up the result from two years earlier and proved the 2013 breakthrough was no one-off.

Gollogly was forced off after just ten minutes of the 2013 provincial decider after a heavy collision with Mark McHugh. Gollogly was fully committed in going for the ball in a 50-50 and he puts it down to “just one of those things that happen in football”; adding that he viewed himself as a “complete team player” where “everything was irrelevant, as long as the team won”. Donegal management…

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