Having put in a virtuoso performance last week as Ardee St Marys were edged out in the Louth GAA Under 16 Championship final, Jonathan Commins had a point to prove.
Luckily for the half forward, he didn’t have to wait very long to put the jersey back on and again concentrate on doing what he does best. The teenager followed up a 0-09 haul in Dunleer a week ago with an extraordinary 2-13 on Sunday as he demonstrated just why he is so highly rated with a performance of the highest quality.
From play or dead balls, he was deadly throughout. His two first goals showed he is just as adept at finding the net than the posts. Speaking to ThisIsArdee.ie immediately after the final whistle, Commins couldn’t contain his delight at helping his club end a 30 year wait for minor success.
“I’m delighted. I can’t put it into words,” he told us. “After last week, it was devastating – to do it this week was unreal.”
When asked whether he felt that he personally had wrongs to right from the St Fechins defeat, Commins was unequivocal. Yes,” he replied. “Last week was devastating. We never really felt that losing feeling before. We knew we had to come out this week and do the job.”
That they did in the most sensational style. The number 11 hit 2-05 inside the opening half, before he ended a Gers comeback almost single-handedly by hitting seven unanswered points in nine second half minutes.
“We knew the Gers were a big physical team but we knew if we ran at them and moved the ball quickly, we’d do the job,” Commins stated. Describing the team performance, the undisputed man-of-the-match said his teammates were “unreal.” “They’re a deadly group of lads and hopefully now we can push on for the rest of the year.”
We also caught up with Ardee St Marys manager Tommy Kirk straight after the final whistle and he paid tribute to his team’s star man on the day.
“This guy is an exceptional footballer and an exceptional athlete. He’s super. He scored 2-13 today and that’s something else from a 16-year-old, with two more years at minor. We kept emphasising that we didn’t want to see the scenes from last week and it was a no from the team as well. They didn’t want to see that again. They were hungry going out for his game today.”