Tuesday 21 May 2019

Fergal trying to keep his feet on the ground

Dan Bannon

'Obviously in the back of your head there's Stephen Cluxton!'

Louth goalkeeper Fergal Sheekey can't help but get excited at the thoughts of playing Dublin and that is exactly the reward on offer if Louth can take care of business on Sunday against Wexford.

'They are the best team ever,' he said, 'going for their fifth All-Ireland.

'It would be unbelievable to play against him, it really would. That's how you test yourself. If we go through on Sunday, they'll probably take us for granted you know.

'Hopefully we'll take them on the back foot and maybe get a result. Imagine that against Dublin! It's what dreams are made of.'

With those grandiose plans already laid in his mind, Sheekey shelves them for the moment, and turns his attention to the imminent matter of beating Wexford - and that need to take it one game at a time is something Wayne Kierans has been keen to get across to the squad.

'Wayne keeps us on ground level,' the Young Irelander revealed.

'People are saying around Louth that the buzz is back. They are saying we are going to go down and slap them, beat them easy, but it is never going to be that way.

'Wayne doesn't really try and focus on them, he keeps all the focus mainly on us. I'm sure the lads will do their study, but we'll focus on our own game. We know if we play to the best of our ability that we'll win the game and go on to Dublin.'

Sheekey's confidence is based on the past winter, where Louth's National League campaign was, on the whole, positive. 'Coming of a strong league campaign, we were very unlucky to not go up,' he said.

Sheekey has made the number one jersey his own after a fine debut season so far, that on the back of a hectic 18 months with his club, but he's revelling in it.

'Coming straight into the Louth set-up, I feel myself improving week by week,' he revealed.

Sheekey singled out goalkeeping coach Dwayne Crosbie and the injured Craig Lynch for praise in terms of improving his own form and eroding any complacency.

'I get a great session from goalkeeping coach Dwayne Crosbie and Craig's unbelievable too - absolutely delighted he's stayed on. He's great not only for young goalkeepers but all young players coming through.

'Wexford came off a poor enough league campaign for them, but we are not going to take anything for granted. I think we'll get the win, but we're definitely not going to be complacent.'

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