Duane buoyed for Has­sig test

The Corkman - - SPORT - BY JOHN TARRANT

KAN­TURK roared out a de­fi­ant mes­sage of in­tent in their hopes of land­ing the hotly com­pet­i­tive County Premier IHC af­ter an im­pres­sive per­for­mance dis­man­tled the chal­lenge of fa­mil­iar ri­vals Charleville in the all North Cork quar­ter fi­nal.

Man­ager Donough Duane in­di­cates, they aren’t wast­ing time in get­ting down to pre­par­ing for the next ad­ven­ture on a tough as­sign­ment against Ballinhas­sig in Pairc Uí Rinn on Satur­day evening.

So far so good for Kan­turk in the cam­paign, bet­ter­ing Charleville for the sec­ond oc­ca­sion, the ma­jor dif­fer­ence be­tween the sides sur­faced in at­tack, Kan­turk much sharper, in­ven­tive and ca­pa­ble of tak­ing scores from any an­gle.

“Ev­ery player gave it his all for the full hour, its dif­fi­cult to over­come the same team twice in a cham­pi­onship such as a well drilled side such as Charleville. We gave it ev­ery ounce, the at­ti­tude, hunger and dis­ci­pline was spot on,” he said.

“It was only three weeks since we pre­vi­ously met, ev­ery­body knew what was ex­pected, all 18 players de­liv­ered telling con­tri­bu­tions. Hav­ing played with the strong breeze in the open­ing half, we had to be well po­si­tioned at the break and work hard to de­fend our seven points ad­van­tage.”

In­deed Kan­turk were in the driv­ing seat early in the sec­ond half, de­fi­cien­cies within the Charleville de­fence were ex­posed when a long ball by Lor­cán McLough­lin saw a deft touch from tar­get man Ai­dan Walsh feed Liam O’Ke­effe to fire to the Charleville net.

“That move is some­thing we had worked in train­ing, the full for­ward wins pos­ses­sion, a player work­ing of his shoul­der to grab a po­ten­tial goal, it’s a move that’s very hard to de­fend,” he said.

Vic­tory sets up Kan­turk a place in the penul­ti­mate hur­dle, a date with Ballinhas­sig and Duane is well aware of the task that lays ahead.

“We’re not get­ting car­ried away, its all about the next game, Ballinhas­sig will be a huge chal­lenge in a semi fi­nal and we will have to pre­pare ac­cord­ingly in our hope to reach a de­cider, that’s just one hour away but it will be a de­mand­ing test,” said Duane.

“This is the most com­pet­i­tive cham­pi­onship within the county, at the start of the cam­paign, it would be dif­fi­cult to call with a num­ber of gen­uine con­tenders ca­pa­ble of land­ing hon­ours. It will be a mas­sive job against Ballinhas­sig, a big phys­i­cal and strong out­fit, it will take at least as the same ef­fort as the Charleville game if not more to get over the next hur­dle,” he said.

“With the games com­ing fast, its all about re­cov­ery, rest­ing and get­ting the game plan right. Re­ally, it’s a case of go­ing from scratch again and Kan­turk are de­lighted to be in this po­si­tion to be clos­ing in on hope­fully a fi­nal,” he said.

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