Aidan O'Shea's Breaffy lost the Mayo football final to Castlebar Mitchels on Sunday. It was the second time in three years that O'Shea's side have come up short against Mitchels in the Mayo Championship decider.
Well-developed physically at a young age, the 25-year-old has been lining out with the Breaffy senior side since he was 16.
In an interview with Sunday Times ahead of the game, O'Shea told of the self-confidence which he possessed when he first began playing with the big boys.
Growing up, I was a cheeky little brat. When the lads won the All-Ireland under-21 (in 2006), I was only 16 but in my own head I felt I should have been playing. I was always like that. When I came on the scene with Breaffy at 16, I wanted to do everything. Colm Lyons was standing over a free one day and I went to take it. Dad told me to leave it and I said out loud, ‘He’ll probably miss it anyway’. He put it over. Colm still reminds me of it but I think it’s good to be cheeky. I loved that challenge when people were bigger and older.
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