Longford Slashers captain Dermot Brady believes that there should be as much focus on Killoe Young Emmets reaching the County Final for the first time in 17 years as there is on Slashers going for three-in-a-row.
Speaking to the Leader, Brady admitted that as the only unbeaten side in the championship the Killoe team certainly deserve some plaudits: “I think much the same focus should be on Killoe. They are the only team that haven’t been beaten in the championship this year and will be confident but we are hoping we can win the title again.”
The experienced defender is wary and he knows that playing the current champions will hold no fear for the Killoe side: “Killoe are a very good, young team. They have Michael Quinn back and he has given them a huge lift. They are not going to fear us and they will relish the challenge. They also have Sean McCormack in their side and he can get the scores for them.”
Despite Slashers being generally regarded as the favourites for Sunday’s big game Brady admitted that it’s all about on the day. “It’s a county final and both sides will go out to try and win it. You just don’t know what’s going to happen on any given day. The luck could be with you or against you.”
“Look at our semi-final when Clonguish were unlucky not to have been way ahead of us. We were lucky to go in at half-time one point up. The two goals kept us in it. We were fortunate that in the second half we just kicked on. Anything could happen on Sunday. Killoe are a talented young team and they will be mad for action.”
With the way football has evolved it’s not all about the starting 15 anymore, it’s about the squad. Brady knows that Slashers have a strong panel to choose from.
“It’s strong enough. Whatever 15 that takes to the field will need to perform as best as we can and hopefully it will get us over the line.”
It’s nearly four weeks since Slashers played Clonguish in the last four clash and Brady cannot wait to take to the field again.
“It’s all about playing the matches and having four weeks to wait for the final is a long time. Killoe have tough games behind them coming into the final but we are extremely keen to get back into action in our attempt to retain the county title.”