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The Shouting Men: Gillingham defender Finn O'Mara writes exclusively for the KM Group

By KentOnline reporter

My loan move to Folkestone is going well and we’ve a big FA Cup game this weekend.

I’ve had games Tuesday-Saturday pretty much since I joined and that’s been great for me.
If I’m not playing, I’m training and even on my day off I am at Gillingham working.

I thank Ady Pennock for letting me go out on loan, I appreciate it. Folkestone manger Neil Cugley has been good and the squad have accepted me.

Finn O'Mara in pre-season action against Dartford. Picture Andy Payton

Finn O'Mara in pre-season action against Dartford. Picture: Andy Payton

The fans there have been good. I have said that quite a bit on twitter but it’s true.

They have a little chant for me and even though I have only been there for a few games, I already feel a part of it, like I have been there for ages.

I started the season on the bench at Gillingham but I need to get game time as a defender and experience. We have Gabriel Zakuani here who has a load of experience. He is a top player but you need that experience.

The level in Bostik Premier is good, it is fast, physical and I’ve got a bit of a shiner at the moment after an elbow in the face on Saturday. It is a real test and that is what I’m going to benefit from.

In the youth there might be a bit of handbags but this is proper. When you get corners you get the odd pinch, which is normal but there are other tricks people get up to and I am enjoying that physical side.

Beating Greenwich Borough was my first taste of the FA Cup, in the first qualifying round. It was a strange one for me, though, because I am used to cup games being at night under the floodlights, which they are with the youth team.

I did enjoy it. We play out from the back at Folkestone but in the last 20 minutes in that Greenwich game, we were just playing long balls to try and get a goal.

We won it in the last minute, through Kieron McCann. It was a great feeling and we celebrated with the fans.

There is something different about the competition. As a player you get nervous because anything can happen.

Against Greenwich they went a goal up after about four minutes and I’m thinking ‘here we go’. But there is something that happens in the FA Cup and it’s weird. We have got Tooting & Mitcham on Saturday and we are confident of getting through.

I am there initially for a month. Bradley Stevenson extended his loan with Cray Wanderers and I would be happy to do the same. I just want to be playing football.

Read the full column in this week's Medway Messenger.

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