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