Lusk boss wants club to go the extra Mile
ROUND Towers Lusk manager Declan Patton believes his side must grasp the opportunity with both hands when they take on Two Mile House in this Saturday’s Leinster Intermediate Football Championship quarter-final at the Newbridge centre of excellence (throw in 1.30pm).
The Kildare champions progressed by a solitary point against Shandonagh last Sunday week despite playing the last eight minutes of additional time with 13 men after having both their keeper Didier Cardonagh and Shane Darcy sent off.
A day previously Round Towers had secured the club’s first-ever Dublin Intermediate Championship with a six-point win over Naomh Barrog, but Patton is insistent that they do not lose their focus in the next month which sees them also involved in a crucial league promotion game with Naomh Barrog.
‘Round Towers are in a fantastic position. They are 112 years old and 112 years of work went into last Saturday’s win,’ commented the manager..
‘It was great for everybody, but now Towers are taking a step into the unknown in some respects, but that’s a soft way of looking at it.
‘Round Towers are stepping into senior football and it demands a lot of a senior team and a club. And now we are in the Leinster championship this is a golden opportunity.
‘Not since Fingal Ravens ten years ago has a Dublin team won the Leinster Intermediate Championship, so it’s a golden opportunity for Round Towers to go on the map and the club needs to embrace that and embrace the idea that we are now entering something very, very new and very, very special and something great can be achieved here.’
Patton believes that Two Mile House will certainly put it up to his team.
‘They have some big players on their team, including Peter Kelly who won an All-star in 2010 and Chris Healy.
‘They are also playing in Division 2 of the Kildare League, so they are a senior team playing intermediate football. I predict a game on Saturday that’s very physical, that’s very fast-moving and one that we are going to have to be totally tuned in for to get over the line.
‘And given that Towers are representing Dublin and everyone wants to beat Dublin, it will be an extra motivation for Two Mile House to give it an extra fifty or sixty per cent, so I expect to see a very motivated opponent on Saturday.’
Patton feels that Round Towers Lusk must avoid the mistakes of other clubs if they are to be a positive force in the coming years.
‘Towers need to step up as a club and last Saturday week should hopefully inspire people to do that.
‘There’s an enormous amount of goodwill, there is an enormous amount of good GAA people, theres an enormous amount of volunteers, but it now has to go to the next level or otherwise it won’t sustain itself, otherwise we will sleepwalk into senior foottball and go straight down again.’