Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 22 July 2014

GAA: Maxie answers SOS to help Donegal Minors avoid drop

Former Donegal Minor team manager Maxie Curran certainly answered the call in style when Downings found themselves faced with the uninviting prospect of making the drop into Division Four of the All County Football League.

The team had only managed to gain five points from eleven games and relegation appeared to be a formality.

But when Maxie answered an SOS by taking over the reins, the club's fortunes suddenly changed.

The team won five and drew one of their last six matches to avoid making the drop - and Maxie found himself very much cast in the role of a local hero.

His track record in management - he was in charge of the Donegal Minor side in 2006 and steered the county's ladies team to an All Ireland triumph three years ago - certainly stood to him when Downings felt the heat.

And the club is now understandably grateful for his enterprise and commitment.

But Maxie modestly deflects the credit on to the players.

"They put in a big effort for me and that was certainly very encouraging. No team wants to drop down a division if at all possible and I was only too happy to help out.

"Despite the fact that the side had earlier lost a number of games, this should not disguise the fact that we have some decent players. I have no doubt that whoever is in charge next year will get a big effort from these boys now that they have found what it is like to live on the edge," maintains Maxie.

While part of the Donegal Minor management set-up, Maxie helped to oversee the progress of a number of players who may yet emerge as stars at senior level.

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