Managers are always preaching about the dangers of over-confidence but there is unlikely that Melvin Gaels boss Billy Gavigan will let any complacency seep into his players minds ahead of next Saturday’s Intermediate Final as he proclaims “Photographs mean nothing, it is when you walk away with the Cup that it means something!”
By John Connolly
The former Bundoran manager but long time resident of Kinlough, Billy was referring to the hype and excitement of County Final day and every second word out of his mouth when the Observer visited Kinlough recently was preaching caution - “We’re looking forward to it surely. The boys have put in the work and deserve to be where they are but a final is a final, you’re never sure in a final.
“We’re such hot favourites because of what we’ve done all year but it doesn’t really matter in a final. It depends on who is hungry enough for the game and who wants to win it.
“We’re good enough to win but I’ve seen us in finals before and it means nothing,” said Billy who, in his own playing days, won an Ulster Club title in 1975 with the St. Joseph’s amalgamation of Bundoran & Ballyshannon.
Neither does Billy place much stock in Melvin Gaels high scoring ways or a group stages victory over Gortletteragh as long experience has taught him that football remains very much a game where what happens on the day is what is most important, not what happened in the past
“Gortletteragh will be up for it,” stresses Billy, “We’d have been better off not playing them before, they’re a tough team, they play decent football too, there is no dirt about them, they just get in there and play football.
To read the full story see this week’s Leitrim Observer.