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Dolan dreading Brigid's intense festive regime

Colm Keys

Published 27/11/2012 | 05:00

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Frankie Dolan admits he is not looking forward to Christmas as St Brigid's step up their training ahead of an anticipated renewal of their rivalry with Crossmaglen Rangers.

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St Brigid's manager Kevin McStay has revealed how their training was tapered all year to leave something in reserve for the next three months in the run-up to a potential All-Ireland semi-final clash with the reigning champions.

Crossmaglen play Down champions Kilcoo in the Ulster final on Sunday, but St Brigid's already have their eyes set on a rematch of the 2010 club football final.

"We'll have a break for a week or two and I am not looking forward to Christmas and January because the fitness levels will be upped a lot. We will need them in an All-Ireland semi-final," said Dolan.

For Brigid's, it was a gamble to schedule their training in such a way, but they coasted to a third successive Connacht title – becoming only the second team to enjoy such a sequence in the western province.

"It is the first time it has been done since Clann na nGael (1984-89) and it is good for Roscommon football that no other team outside of the county has done the three-in-a-row in Connacht. We are proud of that," added Dolan, who expressed his hope that it is Crossmaglen that Brigid's will face in February.

"They are the greatest club team of all time for what they have done the last 10 or 15 years.

"If it is Crossmaglen in February – and you can't write off the Down champions... but we want to play the best team in the country, and Crossmaglen are by far the best team in the country. Hopefully we will be playing them, I would like to meet them again."

Irish Independent

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