As team captain Gortletteragh’s Cathal Quinn knows better than most the challenge his side will face on Saturday when they go head to head with Melvin Gaels in the GWP Intermediate Championship final and when it was put to him that perhaps his side owe the Gaels something Cathal was adamant the opening day defeat is something they are all keen to rectify.
By Philip Rooney
“We do,” Cathal agreed adding, “It was embarrassing the defeat we had from them but you have to learn from your mistakes and go ahead and try and put things right and what better day to do it than a county final.”
If Gortletteragh are to emerge victorious Cathal agreed a good start will be crucial, saying, “We’ll be hoping to get off to a good start, the first day we played them, we didn’t score until the 20th minute but we’re hopeful we can do better than that the next day and put it up to them and give them a bit of a challenge.”
Gortletteragh will go in to the game as underdogs but how others assess his side’s chances isn’t something that particularly concerns Cathal who commented, “It makes no difference I don’t think, underdog or not a team wants to win, expects to win. Whether you’re underdogs or favourites everybody wants to win. It’s how you prepare for the game, it’s not what tag you’re given that will make you do the most work.”
Since the opening day defeat Gortletteragh have gone from strength to strength and seem to now be in a much better position to seriously threaten Saturday’s opponents. Recalling the mood in the camp ahead of the second group game against Ballinaglera Cathal said, “We have a good strong team, we have great players. We have 30 lads out training, putting in a good effort so it’s not just about 15 or 16 fellas. It’s a squad game. We bounced back and we kept getting better and better. One more good game and we’ll be happy enough.
“We had to keep going, keep the head down, keep working and take no team for granted. At Intermediate level you’re only as good as you are on the day. It’s what you do on the pitch not what players you have on paper and that’s the way we looked at it.”
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