HOW does a team cope with a near six month wait for a final? A very good question according to Spa manager Timmy Fleming but considering the club has had so much time to get themselves ready for Sunday he is fully focussed on the task at hand at this stage.
"We were going very well at the time we played our games in this competition but when we saw there was going to be a lengthy delay we took our foot off the pedal a bit. The lads had commitments with the Kerry Juniors and East Kerry to keep them occupied in the meantime but we have picked it up in training the nearer that we have got to here," the Spa boss said.
He admits that the clubs two previous wins over Finuge give them an edge heading into Sunday but he is conscious of the challenge the North Kerry side present at the same time.
"I know that Finuge probably have the appetite to try and go all the way this time, they have the experience in their ranks and I see this going all the way down to the wire," he told The Kerryman. While the former Laune Rangers player was not involved in the club's run to the All-Ireland Intermediate Final in 2010 he admits that there probably is a motivation to try and get back to Croke Park amongst the players.
"It probably is there somewhere at the back of the minds alright but in truth we can't think that far ahead yet. We have to take it one game at a time because if you lose your focus at any stage then it will cost you," he said.
Considering the rather dramatic nature of some of their games so far, the sublime point by Adam O'Reilly to earn a replay against St Marys in the quarter-final springs to mind, Fleming feels there is real character amongst his charges.
"That was a real 'get out of jail' moment that night and our backs were up against the wall in Cahirsiveen in the replay before we advanced so you would be hoping that the players can reproduce a similar sort of commitment and heart. The games we've had in the County League and the O'Donoghue Cup have brought our performance up again but we're not getting carried away at the same time, we know what the challenge will be like."