Lusk boss wants club to go the ex­tra Mile

Fingal Independent - - SPORT - RORY KERR

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.’

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