st brigid's offer helping hand
ST BRIGID'S and Garrycastle will combine forces when the Westmeath champions bid to topple Crossmaglen at Croke Park on St Patrick's Day, WRITES DONNCHADH BOYLE.
The Roscommon side were beaten in last year's showpiece by Crossmaglen and in the immediate aftermath of Saturday's semi-final clash in Longford, Garrycastle boss Anthony Cunningham revealed that St Brigid's players and management had offered their neighbours "whatever help they can" ahead of the final.
"The match wasn't long over before the Brigid's players and back-room team came over and said whatever help they can give Garrycastle they will," said Cunningham.
"It's hard for me as a Brigid's man. I live there and I have trained all those players and they are great sportsmen. What a great club and the offer of help from them shows they are gentlemen through and through. We will pick their brains, no doubt about that. We were up there (at the final) last year and I was with Brigid's when Crossmaglen beat us in the All-Ireland semi-final (in 2007).
"Their style of play is unique and copper-fastened by some excellent individuals, but we are there now and what a day it will be.
"We won't be getting carried away. Crossmaglen are the best club team that we have ever seen.
"I understand that they pulled it out of the fire again (against Dr Crokes) and they are the best exponents of that. But look, we'll be up there challenging. We will be underdogs, but there's no better way to go in."