As he prepares for Glencar/Manorhamilton’s Connacht Gold Championship Final clash with St Mary’s there was no sign of achieving a virtually unprecedented four in a row resulting in any sign of nerves on manager Glenn Young. The Sligo man who has overseen the last two successful championship campaigns was realistic, upbeat and in good form when discussing the year to date and looking ahead to Sunday’s big match.
By Philip Rooney
Having completed the three in a row there was no doubt the quality was still there to contest another final, the big question was would Glenn to be able to reinstill the hunger of previous years and that is something he acknowledged he pondered earlier in the campaign.
“You always wonder is the hunger going to be there to go again but they responded brilliantly after the Bornacoola game and to be fair to them they are such a good bunch of lads it’s not hard to motivate them.
“They knew themselves after that game that they had put themselves in a big hole and they had to get themselves out and in fairness they have done and they have got better every week after that.”
The significance of that opening day defeat was even greater when you consider that for some of the younger members of the team this was their taste of championship defeat, despite the fact that they have already several championship medals already their possession.
“That came up in conversation with Dominic Kelly that a lot of players here hadn’t actually lost a championship match and that’s no harm either, it’s probably a good thing in the long run. There is a lot of hurt involved in losing a match and it had to sink in fairly quickly with them.”
With Bornacoola out of the way Glen said there was a change in approach with the team concentrating only on game at a time. “What we are trying to do is take every game as a single hour of work and we have approached every game that way since the Bornacoola game especially.”
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