‘We’ll try and get the very best out of our­selves’

Wicklow People - - SPORT - Sports Re­porter

ALAN COSTELLO doesn’t buy his own hype. Neu­trals reckon all Ti­na­hely have to do to win the in­ter­me­di­ate cham­pi­onship on Sun­day is show up but Costello doesn’t fall into that school of think­ing.

‘I def­i­nitely wouldn’t agree with that. Fi­nals are al­ways go­ing to be tight games and the two best teams will be in the fi­nal and it will all be de­cided on the day. We’ll be pre­par­ing for this game as we have done for all other games up to now and we’ll be treat­ing it the same as pre­vi­ous games.

‘We’re try­ing to max­imise our own po­ten­tial and we’ll have to be at our very best. An enor­mous chal­lenge lies ahead and we’re just look­ing for­ward to the leadup to it and all that’.

To reach Sun­day’s show­down against Carnew, Ti­na­hely had to sur­vive a stern test against Kil­macanogue in which a five-minute spell be­fore half-time proved cru­cial for Ti­na­hely. They found two goals in a flash in that time and goals – and plenty of them – have been the tale of Ti­na­hely’s sea­son thus far.

‘We know the pedi­gree that Kil­macanogue have. They’re an ex­cit­ing team with a lot of young tal­ent and a lot of pace. We cer­tainly were aware of the test and the chal­lenge that they’d present to us.

‘We were glad to come through it and like in ev­ery game - teams will have pur­ple patches and we were for­tu­nate that we de­liv­ered in that part of the game.

‘Kil­mac had pe­ri­ods as well where they were dom­i­nant and that’s the way it goes - that’s cham­pi­onship foot­ball.

‘All teams will have mo­ments in the game where they have to make the most of their op­por­tu­ni­ties and I think that’s what we did.

‘I think it (scor­ing goals) comes down to de­ci­sion-mak­ing.

‘If you’ve got good foot­ballers and you’ve got good in­stincts then it’s all about de­ci­sion-mak­ing on the day and there’s no two games that will be the same. Ev­ery game is dif­fer­ent. We’ve a lot of be­lief in our abil­ity and we’ve good foot­ballers in Ti­na­hely.

‘We’re quite adept at tak­ing points as well - it all boils down to do­ing the right thing at the right mo­ment.

‘We’re very process ori­en­tated as a group and it’s all about the col­lec­tive and play­ing the game in the right way’.

Not only would vic­tory on Sun­day see them be­come cham­pi­ons, it would see them do so with a per­fect record but that par­tic­u­lar cherry on top has not been con­sid­ered.

‘We’ll pre­pare our­selves first and fore­most and we’ll try and get the best out of our­selves and once we do that, there the only things we have con­trol over.

‘Ev­ery­thing else is be­yond our con­trol so we’ll just con­trol what we do.

‘We don’t think about the last game, we only think about the next game. All our fo­cus is on the next game.

‘It’s a 50-50 game and ul­ti­mately, who­ever per­forms to their po­ten­tial on the day will win. Hope­fully it’ll be a good game and hope­fully it’ll be a good con­test and we look for­ward to show­cas­ing what’s best about this club’.

Ti­na­hely’s Alan Dil­lon will ve a ma­jor threat to the Carnew Em­mets de­fence come Sun­day af­ter­noon. In­set: Ti­na­hely man­ager Alan Costello

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