In­spi­ra­tion to suc­ceed will com

Drogheda Independent - - SPORT - JOHN SAV­AGE

DUN­DALK Young Ire­lands will be hop­ing to fol­low in the foot­steps of Geraldines and Sean O’Ma­hony’s on Satur­day af­ter­noon when they host St Brigid’s in the Le­in­ster Ju­nior Cham­pi­onship fi­nal in Drogheda, but de­fender Peter McCourt in­sists that the in­spi­ra­tion will come from within.

‘We fo­cus on our­selves to be hon­est,’ he says. ‘Adrian has us be­liev­ing we can win an All-Ire­land if we re­ally want it, so that’s where we get our fo­cus and in­spi­ra­tion from.

‘This was the goal from the start of the year. We had to re-group af­ter such a bad sea­son, but we sort of knew we were bet­ter than we showed and that we had the play­ers to win a ju­nior and go on from there.

‘It’s new ter­ri­tory for us but you have to take it as it comes. We couldn’t af­ford to lose any games this year in the league so that’s prob­a­bly stood to us in the cham­pi­onships and now in Le­in­ster.’

Peter is in no doubt that the Ire­landers will have to pro­duce their very best form to pre­vail against the Of­faly cham­pi­ons.

‘Ear­lier in the sea­son we had big league games against St Kevin’s and Na Piar­saigh and we played very well in both games. In the cham­pi­onship the per­for­mances prob­a­bly weren’t as good but we were get­ting over the line and get­ting the re­sults. In the Laois game we played re­ally well, our for­wards re­ally fired that day and in the backs we didn’t have a whole lot to do.

‘We’re at the high­est level now so you have to ex­pect that the games are go­ing to be close and you might fall be­hind, but you have to stick at it. The games are tougher and tighter and you don’t get the score­lines that we were putting up ear­lier in the sea­son. The ground doesn’t make things

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