Academy graduate delighted to make league debut for Gillingham.

Finn O’Mara said he was over the moon to have made his Gillingham debut despite being on the losing side.

Gills lost the game 1-0 at Ewood Park on Saturday against Blackburn Rovers thanks to Dominic Samuel’s first-half strike, with the defender coming off the bench to make his first appearance.

After the game he said: “I thought from the first whistle to the last we give it 100%, everyone, even the players who came on and that’s all you can ask really. It’s a shame we didn’t score and it’s a shame about the result but it’s been better than some of the other performances.

“I thought we were going to nick it in the second half, I really did, but it’s all about luck.  On another day we would have got it.

“I thought the only way I was going to come on was through injury but Peter Taylor changed it up and in the last 20 minutes we gave it all we could.

“I was a bit nervous, just a little bit, but I grew into the game. I had so much energy, I thought I did all right.”

Finn had recently extended his loan deal with Folkestone Invicta but was recalled at the last minute with injuries to both Luke O’Neill and Alex Lacey.

The defender explained how events unfolded:

“It was a weird one, the gaffer said we’re going to have to recall you for the game. I was disappointed I couldn’t play in the FA Cup but I’m over the moon to have made my debut for Gillingham.

“I told the lads [at Folkestone] that I’m really sorry but I’ve come on today so that made up for it!”