Mo­men­tum and con­sis­tency the key to Mochta’s run to de­cider

Drogheda Independent - - SPORT -

UNEARTHING a bit of con­sis­tency and mo­men­tum has been the key to St Mochta’s sum­mer odyssey, ac­cord­ing to man­ager Sea­mus McGa­hon.

But did he en­vis­age an in­ter­me­di­ate fi­nal when he took the reins of his home­town club?

‘To be hon­est no, but we’ve al­ways felt this group of play­ers were ca­pa­ble of it. Over the last few years they’ve prob­a­bly been sell­ing them­selves short. They’ve had one big per­for­mance to get out of a group or into a semi-fi­nal, but then lose the next time out. So there’s been a bit of con­sis­tency or maybe just a bit of mo­men­tum miss­ing.’

Shield­ing play­ers from the hype of a fi­nal is of­ten one of the man­ager’s trick­i­est as­sign­ments in the run-in to a fi­nal, but Sea­mus feels that sup­port­ers de­serve to en­joy the build-up and he trusts his play­ers to stay fo­cused.

‘It’s a tight-knit vil­lage and they’re foot­ball mad, even when things are go­ing badly, so you can imag­ine what it’s like in the build-up to a fi­nal. They’re great sup­port­ers and they de­serve this.

‘The play­ers are fully fo­cused on the game. They re­alise it’s still there to be won. We have a good mis in the squad. We’re lucky enough to have eight or nine who played in 2009 and are still around the 28 mark and then we have a great crop of younger lads who are no more than 23 or 24. Those young lads are buzzing and the older lads are let­ting them know what to ex­pect.

‘We have lads com­ing back too like Ciaran Byrne and then Danny Kind­lon, Cor­mac Cal­lan and Bren­dan Duff, were all away for the sum­mer, so any time you get lads back like that it’s a big boost.

‘Ob­vi­ously, get­ting Ciaran back is a great boost. It will take him a bit of time to re-ad­just, it’s a dif­fer­ent ball and even a dif­fer­ent po­si­tional sense, but we all know he has the tools be a top foot­baller.’

But St Fechin’s have a few top foot­ballers too and af­ter suf­fer­ing two de­feats to Eu­gene Kudge’s side al­ready this sea­son, Sea­mus knows his team have it all to do.

‘The Fechin’s are a good side, we’ve played them twice and they’ve won both, so we know what we’re up against. Any team that has play­ers like Ro­nan Hol­croft, Be­van Duffy or Niall Devlin are go­ing to be hard to stop.

‘We’ve played them a good few times over the years so we’ve gone through a cou­ple of things that we need to do and we do feel we let our­selves down a lit­tle bit against them this year, so there’s hope­fully a bit of room for im­prove­ment.

‘We just hope we can put in a per­for­mance that jus­ti­fies get­ting there and it will take a big per­for­mance to win it.

‘Se­nior foot­ball is the big prize. It would be great for the older lads who know what it’s like to be slog­ging away in ju­nior, while the younger lads only know in­ter­me­di­ate foot­ball. But it would be great to win a tro­phy for the sup­port­ers and the peo­ple who give up their time all year round

‘We have good mi­nor and U-16 teams com­ing through so the hope is that you can get up to se­nior and those younger lads com­ing through will strengthen you fur­ther,’ he adds.

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