Sunday 17 December 2017

Reidy already setting sights on day out in Croker

John Savage

STEPHEN Reidy was already eyeing a possible All-Ireland final and Croke Park appearance after Sunday's win over Naomh Olaf and the midfielder revealed that Eamon McEneaney has run the rule over semi-final opponents Truagh.

'I don't know how long of a break we'll get, the semi-finals are in January, but we want to give that a good go, because Leinster is big, but an All-Ireland is huge. Eamonn saw Truagh in the Ulster final and he said they're a good young team a bit like us, so we'll have to ready for them.'

While the bookies made Naomh Olaf warm favourites to finish the job on Sunday, Reidy insisted Geraldines were confident they had a lot more to offer than they showed in the drawn game.

'We all felt much better coming in,' he said. 'We watched the DVD and we honestly weren't great, and we knew we had so much to improve on. We're a young side and we thought we could recover better from last week and we were still going strong in the last 10 minutes today.'

Reidy grabbed a rare point for himself in the first period during what turned out to be an important spell for the champions elect.

'With that wind swirling around it was hard to get shots on target, but we hit a good streak in the first half with five or six in a row and that got us moving.

'But to be honest we were unhappy not to get a goal in the first half. Their 'keeper made some great saves again today and maybe we were a bit lax in front of goal.'

The Gers also survived a late goal scare at the other end and Stephen had a clear view of the dramatic incident.

'Nat saved it and Kevin Pepper dived across and flicked it out for a '45', it was definitely Kevin. That's the commitment you want to see and it made us believe we could do it, because there was only 5-10 minutes left at that stage.'

Stephen also felt the introduction of minor duo Josh Arrowsmith and Dara Hamill was crucial.

'Dara and Josh came on, they're only minors, but they're superb players to be bringing in and they made a difference,' he added.

The Argus

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