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Cork hero on top of the world.

Byline: PAT NOLAN

IT'S a moment that every young boy dreams of but it comes to pass for so very few.

You're two points down in an All-Ireland final, time is almost up and then you score the winning goal before the opposition has time to recover.

Whatever Colm O'Driscoll goes on to achieve as a senior footballer, it'll be hard to top the moment when he swept the ball past Gavin Joyce in the dying seconds of yesterday's Cadbury All- Ireland U-21 football final.

"All I remember was Aidan Walsh having a shot and the keeper being unlucky not to hold it," he said. "I just pulled hard on it and it went into the back of the net. It was a fantastic feeling.

"The game was slipping away from us a little bit, but this team has shown great heart all year and we got a bit lucky in the end. You need a bit of luck to win anything.

" I couldn't believe it when I broke to me. I said to myself, ' I'm two yards out, I can't miss'." He didn't, and manager BELIEF Cork manager Cleary

John Cleary admitted that he always felt the situation was retrievable after the victories this Cork team have had en route to winning the county's record 11th title at this level.

"We never thought it was gone" said Cleary. "All year we have been battling like that and I knew we'd get another chance.

"I knew that we'd have to go for goal, but our inside line had been on top all day.

" We have won three games by a point this year and they all went to the last minute.

We'll take it because other days they'll go against you." Down manager Pete McGrath was understandably crestfallen in the aftermath, but nonetheless proud of his players who he tipped to make an impact at senior level in the years ahead.

He said: "I can't think of a more horrendous experience.

"You talk about people's dreams but that's our worst nightmare and unfortunately it happened out there today.

"But they have a massive amount to be proud of, and I'm sure you'll hear a lot more of them in the near future."

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:May 5, 2009
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