Wednesday 16 August 2017

Treacy: Cuala have 'unfinished business' in bid for Leinster title

Cuala's David Treacy reckons his side will relish another run in the provincial competition. Photo: Cody Glenn/Sportsfile
Cuala's David Treacy reckons his side will relish another run in the provincial competition. Photo: Cody Glenn/Sportsfile
Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

David Treacy believes his Cuala side have "unfinished business" in the Leinster Club SHC after their near miss in the competition last year.

The south Dublin outfit collected their first county title in 2015 and went all the way to the provincial decider, only to lose out to Wexford kingpins Oulart-The Ballagh on a 2-13 to 0-13 scoreline.

And after winning back-to-back Dublin titles last weekend, county star Treacy reckons his side will relish another run in the provincial competition.

"It's a cliché, but we've only been concentrating on what has been in front of us. But that's true. Now, we can look forward," he said of their upcoming Leinster campaign.

"All the time after that (Oulart) match, we felt it was one we left behind us. We didn't do ourselves justice.

"So there is unfinished business there for us. But it starts next week again. And we take it match by match. And that's the only way we can think about it."

Cuala start their provincial campaign with a home tie against Laois champions Borris-Kilcotton on November 6 and should they prevail there, they would face either Westmeath champions Raharney or Carlow winners St Mullins for a place in the final.

Keen

And Treacy is keen to keep the club's good run going for as long as possible.

"It's just a special group of players," he said. "And we want to be as successful as we can be while we can.

"We're very fortunate. We have a lot of county players on our team. And these things come in waves.

"You have to take advantage and make hay while you can. And in fairness to (manager) Mattie (Kenny), he won't let the hunger go. He won't leave it.

"He beats it into us in every single training session. 'Do you want to be a good team or do you want to be a great team?'

"And we're trying to be a great team at the moment."

Cuala secured their second Dublin title with a win over Kilmacud Crokes last Saturday but only after they blew a lead that stood at seven points at one stage on the second half.

"(We got) a great start. And that's what we were planning for all week - to hit the ground running. In the semi and the quarters, we had some really tough matches," said Treacy.

"So our aim was to start well in the first 10 minutes and it did come off. They had a couple of poor wides and we just capitalised on our share of possession.

"But credit to Crokes in the second half. They're never bet until they're bet and they brought it back from seven points (down) to level it and then go ahead."

Irish Independent

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