Tub­ber­curry an­tic­i­pat­ing a great fi­nal with ri­vals

The Sligo Champion - - SPORT -

THEY are neigh­bours that have such a strong GAA tra­di­tion and Sun­day should be a splen­did fi­nal, ac­cord­ing to Tub­ber­curry man­ager Pat Kil­coyne.

His side saw past fel­low south Sligo out­fit Coolaney/Mul­linabreena on Satur­day by 2 points and now face Tourlestrane in the mouth-wa­ter­ing tie on Sun­day in Quiga­bar at 4pm.

Pat has his troops ready and wait­ing and the count­down is very much on he told the Sligo Cham­pion.

“We are all set now and the count­down to Sun­day is on. I sup­pose the only thing we were think­ing about be­fore Satur­day was the semi fi­nal but now we have a fi­nal to look for­ward to and pre­pare for.”

He said hav­ing just one week to get the team ready can be a pos­i­tive thing.

“It can be a great thing in one way and we were wait­ing 6 weeks for the semi fi­nal which was a long time and it can be very hard to keep the co­he­sion go­ing.”

He knows Tourlestrane are a strong side and with three-in-arow on their hori­zons, Tub­ber­curry have a job to do. “Tourlestrane are a very sea­soned team, very or­gan­ised and a great team and great club.

“They have shown that in the last 2 years winning back to back ti­tles.”

Go­ing back to the semi fi­nal with Coolaney/Mul­linabreena, he said Padraig McGourty’s men re­ally showed their cal­i­bre.

“I think score­board at times prob­a­bly flat­tered us and there were times we were play­ing sec­ond fid­dle but it came right in the end.

“We had a good start to each half and that stood to us. “Coolaney/Mul­linabreena brought it back to 2 points and it was get­ting a bit ner­vous but thank­fully the fi­nal whis­tle went.

“The penal­ties were def­i­nitely penal­ties and they were both well taken.”

Ahead to Sun­day and there are a few knocks from Satur­day’s semi fi­nal but Pat is hop­ing they will be fine for the fi­nal.

“A few of the lads had to go off but hope­fully they will all be fit for Sun­day. A few of the lads got a few knocks and the week is very short in terms of that but hope­fully all will be fit.”

Tub­ber­curry have a great mix of youth and ex­peri- ence and Pat at­tributes much of this to a lot of good work and suc­cess com­ing from un­der­age. “Last year winning the U21 brought in a lot and also the mi­nor league and be­ing in the mi­nor cham­pi­onship fi­nal too with Tourlestrane a good few of those lads are on the team.

“There is huge ri­valry be­tween Tub­ber­curry and Tourlestrane and ev­ery­one knows each other in­side out. “The lads all go to school to­gether and are the best of bud­dies and it’s great to have that ri­valry there too come Sun­day.

“Ev­ery­one wants the brag­ging rights and we want to get it, fi­nals are all about winning, we play who is in front of us, it doesn’t mat­ter who we beat.

“There is such a good tra­di­tion there in both clubs with GAA.

“Tub­ber­curry is a great cham­pi­onship club with the most num­ber of ti­tles.

“We are 2 very proud clubs and GAA is very strong in South Sligo and the lads all play with St At­tracta’s where there is a lot of good work be­ing done and they all gel well to­gether, want­ing to play and com­pete at the high­est level. It will be a big day too for En­nis­crone and I hope ev­ery­one en­joys their day and foot­ball is the win­ner.”

Are Tub­ber­curry pay­ing much heed to Tourlestrane’s hopes of three-ina-row? “We see it as an­other game and we could say we are go­ing for our three-in-a-row too but it’s our first one!,” Pat added.

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