Mohill manager Sean Kennedy (right) pictured with Captain Danny Beck. Photo by Willie Donnellan
The perfect mix of youth and experience is not an easy one to achieve but Mohill manager Sean Kennedy is in the perfect position of having plenty of both qualities in his team ahead of next Sunday’s Connacht Gold Senior Championship Final.
Speaking to the Observer about Mohill’s potent blend of wily old heads and young eager legs, Sean said “The young fellas as well, my view on it very much and always has been, young fellas are there for one reason, to push the older lads and push them out of the team in time.
“It is all about experience, it is all about having the bench and I hope our strength is that when we have to look behind us on Sunday, the pick is there to choose from. That’s the key, to have the back-up, it is now a 21 man game and that’s important to have that, we feel we have a bit of strength in depth, they’re young but their experience.”
Speaking of the older players, Sean identifies them as key factors in Mohill’s run to the final - “They’ve been proven winners and that’s a good thing, having won last year and in 15 and we were beaten in 2013.
“We have a couple of lads on the wrong side of 30 as I call it but the experience they bring is invaluable, they train like professionals and they lead their lives like professionals away from the pitch, their gym work, their lifestyles and all that and that is what has kept them going and they are very important for us.”
As for the Final, Sean is in the good position of having County star Oisin Madden back in his ranks after a Summer away in the States - “We have Oisin as well, he was in America for the Summer, he is just back and he didn’t play football in America and he is certainly pushing hard for a place.”
And the Mohill manager insists the reigning champions are looking forward not back - “We are of course looking forward to it, it is the pinnacle of the year and it is where everybody wants to be and the lads have worked hard all year to get there.
“I think the players are of the mind that on the first of January this year, 2017 ended and the Cup stayed there. I don’t think that is in our mindset at all, it is all about this year and winning this year.”