8 October 2015 No Comments by The Northern Standard

When Carrickmacross and Doohamlet lock horns in St Mary’s Park, Castleblayney, this Sunday in the final of the intermediate football championship it will be the first time ever that these two sides have met in the decider. by JOHN GRAHAM

Analysis and analysing prospects is all very well, but how did the club representatives at the recent Press Night see things panning out. Understandably neither side was giving much away, and both were, to an extent, talking up the opposition, which is understandable in the circumstances.

Carrickmacross captain Ryan McEnaney is looking forward to the big day and said it was an honour to be leading his team out in a County Final.

“We are a young enough side and we believe there is a championship in this team, and, like all the lads, I am looking forward to it very much.

Having said that we know we face a tough assignment and it’s going to take leaders on the field because we are up against a very strong Doohamlet team who are looking to bounce back to senior football at the first attempt. They are a good side and they also have a lot of physically strong players and a few good forwards as well, but look, we see it as that the two best teams in intermediate grade are in the final, so as I said we are looking forward to it.

We are very optimistic in Carrickmacross about the future, as I said we are overall a young team because most of the lads are under the age of 22 and we have other lads then just coming on from minor and they are keen to play senior football, so hopefully we can get past Doohamlet now in the final and get up there to play senior football. We are under no illusions though as to what it will take. It will take a big effort, all-round teamwork and concentration, but it will also take a little bit of luck, because there is not much between the teams. They are two very hard-working sides and I think it’s hard to pick between us so maybe that little bit of luck will shade it and hopefully shade it for us and we’ll get the win.”

Doohamlet Vice-Captain Gabie Casey, who was standing in for team captain Colin Walshe, who was unavailable due to work commitments, agreed that it was great to be back in the intermediate championship final and he felt there was a good buzz about the team.

“We have been training hard all year and this is what we had set her sights on since …


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