A FULL Derry senior debut is reason enough for pride but Ballinascreen forward Benny Heron said the result was the most important thing in Wexford Park on Sunday.
Heron was given the nod to start after an impressive cameo in the victory against Laois in Celtic Park three weeks and will have given Brian McIver food for thought with a polished performance.
“It’s a very proud day,” Heron explained, “But it is more important that we got the victory. I wasn’t playing as a natural corner forward, I was just trying to get busy. We’ve done a lot of work in training and everybody’s in good shape at the minute but we still have a bit to go before the summer.
“There are a lot of young boys involved now and Brian’s giving us chances so we’re pushing hard in training. The older boys are great, they’re keeping everyone together, and pushing us on as well so we’re enjoying it at the minute.
“There’s a good team bond there. It’s good craic but we’re also putting in the work together so there’s definitely a good team spirit in the squad.
“It’ll be worth the journey now. Debut, a big victory, another two points, and sitting around the top of the table, it’s a great feeling.”
Heron admitted he was concerned Wexford could come back into the game after Derry failed to capitalise on a positive opening 20 minute period.
“Whenever you have a period of dominance like that and you don’t take your chances, you always worry that the team will maybe creep back in but we knew if we were able to keep plugging away that we’d get there in the end.
“The players were a wee bit sharper to the breaking ball in the second half and also you had that wee bit of a breeze on our backs. Thomas (Mallon) was fit to hit his kick-outs a lot more direct – they weren’t hanging – so it made it a lot easier for our midfielders who are in very good form.
“It’s a great result. We knew it would be tough coming down to Wexford and no team has won away from home in this league yet so we knew it was going to be a big task. But we’ve been putting in the work, everybody’s trying their hardest to get in the team, and thankfully I got the chance today. It was a great victory.”