IT might sound like a statement of the obvious but there is much truth in Murt Moriarty's simple idiom: 'We can only control the thing within our control".
The Dingle manager is pragmatic. He will consider the opposition and he will analyse where they can be got at, but he won't lose sleep over them or spend hours on the DVD players looking over old reels of them.
Moriarty is building a fine football team in Dingle and Sunday's semi-final represents just another day in that job of work.
"You have to analyse what you're coming up against but in many respects we can't control what St Kierans do or bring to the game. We have to concentrate on ourselves, work on the things we can improve and stay true to our way. We had no control over the semi-final draw, we have no control over the weather, and several other thing," the Dingle team boss says.
He might not have had much control over Feale Rangers late, great comeback in the quarterfinal but Moriarty says his team were prepared for it.
"Feale Rangers are a great side and we knew that we would be on the back foot at some stage of the game. We got the good start but we were mentally prepared for a strong period by them, so when they did comeback at us we were able to stay composed and work the ball up for a critical score," he explains. "That's the positive we took out of that game. We knew we were in a very tough game so we were just delighted to get through to the semi-finals."
Having been to a semi-final recently is there now more pressure on to reach a county final?
"Every game we play we are trying to win it. From the West Kerry league back in January, through to the Paidi O Se tournmant and every county league game, we want to win every gamje we play. If we win this semi-final we will be in a county final, but then we would want to win that, so we are not putting any more pressure on ourselves to win.
"St Kierans will be a different challenge and a tough one. They have Kerry Juniors and U-21s in their team and Seamus Scanlon at midfield so they are going to be very, very tough," Moriarty says.