Wednesday 7 December 2016

We're going to the final to win, insists Lake captain Egan

Published 30/06/2015 | 02:30

Westmeath captain Ger Egan
Westmeath captain Ger Egan

Westmeath captain Ger Egan insists that the Lake men are not going into Sunday week's Leinster final clash to make up the numbers.

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Egan's men face a rampant Dublin outfit on July 12 in Croke Park and will be expected to ship a heavy beating.

But after their brilliant comeback against Meath last weekend - at one stage the Royals led by ten points - confidence is high in the camp.

"We want to go and win," said Egan. "You might think that's naive, or how would we stand a chance, but we've nearly beaten every team in Leinster this year.

"We beat Kildare, Laois and Meath, they're in the top four teams.

Level

"So we're going into the final to win, but we're going to have to really up our level because we can't start like the way we did when it comes to the Leinster final if we are going to have any chance at all - we can't keep bringing that back.

"But a more rounded performance, and you never know then."

While Kieran Martin and John Heslin stole the show with their scoring heroics, Egan pointed to the impact of the Westmeath bench as vital and stressed that their side is packed with good players.

"Different lads stood up on different days, different lads stood up against Louth and Wexford. So look, we're not relying on one or two players," he said.

"The subs who came on on Sunday. . . I thought Jamie Gounod did brilliantly when he came on in the full-back line.

"And the new lads who have come onto the panel just elevated the whole thing as well.

"It was just that everyone stood up in the second half. I suppose it was disappointing in the first half but anyone who looked at the first two games knew what we were capable of.

"And thank God we produced it there when we had to."

Egan said he always knew his side had serious potential.

"It was a dream and an honour to be the captain of those lads," he said.

"The honesty they have given all year - it's the last seven months, but it's also over five or six years that the work has gone on in there.

"I suppose it stemmed from that U-21 team from a few years ago, there are 10 of that team who started on Sunday so the talent has always been there. We're finally producing it now."

Irish Independent

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