Friday 20 April 2018

White keen to finish on a high

SEMI-FINALS are all about the result and Pat's sharp-shooter Karl White was just relieved to get another crack at some silverware following Sunday's straightforward win over Kilkerley Emmets.

Newtown Blues put paid to the three-in-a-row tilt while O'Connell's denied Pat's the Paddy Sheelan Cup, so Fergal Reel's side are determined to end the season on a high.

'You want to come out with a trophy after a long hard season. We put in a lot of work this year and unfortunately we were beaten in the semi final of the championship by the Blues. You want to win something, so the league is as big as anything. It's still a major trophy and we'd like to win it.'

Sunday's runaway victory was hardly ideal preparation for a final joust with dierce rivals Cooley Kickhams, but White insisted it was harder than it looked.

'It was a tough game today. It was hard. Kilkerley are out of the championship a long time so it's hard to keep the league going, so understandably they found it tough. Listen it was a hard game, even if it looked pretty straightforward in the end. But it was a harder game than it looked on the scoreboard.

'You're slipping and sliding, so it's tough for both teams. It's October football and it's all about getting to the final and that's all.'

With Ray Finnegan sitting the gamne out with a groin strain, Pat's end-of-season injury woes continue, but White is hopeful everyone will be fighting fit for the final.

'Hopefully we get a few other lads back. I know Ray is struggling with his groin, but hopefully he'll be back for the final. I don't know when it's fixed for, probably two weeks, so he should have a bit of time.'

With three points from White's excellent form continued on Sunday, but it was all about making the final.

'I was happy enough. It was tough to get scores with the breeze and the slippy conditions, but listen it's more about how the team performs than anything else and we did more than enough to get into the final today.

'Obviously not winning the championship is very disappointing. You want to do it every year, but it's not always possible. But it gives us something to aim for next year. We'll be looking to win it back.'

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