Cashel are hoping to claim a unique double in the space of a month. On Sunday next they take on Granard in the Intermediate Championship Final while at the end of October they play Moy Davitts from Co Mayo in the final of Celebrity Bainisteoir.
Speaking to the Leader Cashel manager Dermot Washington admitted that they also want to get back playing in Division 1of the League. All this while trying to keep their unbeaten run going – they have yet to taste defeat this year. “The aim at the start of the year was to win the Championship and get promotion to Division 1 of the League and that’s still in our own hands. We are still in Celebrity Bainisteoir too. It’s all good. We’re also trying to remain unbeaten too and let’s hope after Sunday that record is still intact.”
Looking ahead to the Intermediate Final with the form Cashel are in of late they are fancied to claim victory but former St. Mel’s College player Washington dismissed the favourites tag: “I don’t agree with it. The reality is we are out on our feet with the amount of games that we have played. We had a semi-final replay which was draining and then Celebrity Bainisteoir last Wednesday night. That’s two tough games more than Granard have had to endure going into this final. In a final a tiny bit of luck could help you win it. Luck has been against us in the championship so I’m hoping that’s going to change on Sunday.”
Granard have surprised many by getting to the final, even the Cashel boss expected neighbours Rathcline to be in the title decider. “I was surprised that Granard won the semi-final; though since we played them in the league they have improved enormously. Make no mistake about it, they are going to be very tough to overcome.”
The Rooskey (Co Roscommon) man is focusing on his own team in the build-up to the final. “I do my own research on teams. It’s grand watching games but the reality is I won’t worry about Granard. If we perform to our best we are as good as anybody; regardless of what the opposition do.”
Washington will be hoping that one former St. Mary’s man will help plot their downfall of his native Granard; Cashel keeper Ger Neilon. On Sunday Ger will face his former team-mates and cousin Alan. Washington was full of praise for Neilon: “Ger has been absolutely brilliant for us this year. He has kept us in games when we really needed him to and he is a great shotstopper. ”
It has been a long, tough year for Cashel but Washington hopes they get their just rewards on Sunday. “The lads have worked so hard this season and they deserve to be in the county final. Whether we can perform and win the title is another story. It has been a tough championship campaign and the fact that a number of teams were relegated from the senior grade in 2011 has made it all very competitive this year. Whoever performs best on Sunday will win the final and hopefully that will be us”.