DUAL player Niall Kilroy and his Fuerty team-mates from Roscommon are expecting a big challenge in the AIB All-Ireland JFC final at Croke Park tomorrow.
Kilroy (22), ex-UCD and an All-Ireland U-21 'B' hurling winner with the Rossies, knows that opponents Two Mile House of Kildare will give their all in pursuit of the Junior crown.
But the Dublin-based actuary, who has won two Connacht U-21 football titles with his county, and also played for the senior team in 2012, reckons it will all come down to whoever gets their calculations and match-ups right on the day.
"We know that Two Mile House are a very good team. It's their first time winning a Kildare junior title. They've had a lot of heartbreak and that will drive them on," said Kilroy.
Fuerty also possess plenty of drive and motivation. Relegation from the intermediate ranks in 2012 was a shock to the system and the players rallied for a promotion bid in 2013.
"We have a young team. I suppose people would have been building us up the last few years, but we were probably never at the level they were building us up to be, and we got relegated last year.
"It was just a bad year for us, so we felt it was a necessity to get back to intermediate and we managed to do that," he said.
The Connacht championship victory over Galway's Headford, and a one-point victory over the Kerry title-holders Keel last weekend in brutal weather conditions, indicate a level of tenacity and quality in Fuerty that will be respected by their Kildare opponents tomorrow.
"The pitch at Rathkeale was brilliant, but the weather conditions were probably the worst I've ever played in. But we stayed in it to the end and won by a point.
"We've had a few close games and that has developed us as a team. Hopefully we can reach the summit now," said Kilroy.