Moynihan hoping for big support
There are few people in a better position to rate both sides for next Sunday's big football clash in Mallow (Mallow versus An Ghaeltacht in the Munster club IFC, throw in 1pm) than the Mallow manager Keith Moynihan.
After guiding Mallow to the Premier crown for the first time in a decade the Kerry native is up for what An Ghaeltacht will bring to Carrigoon next Sunday and after facing up to the West Kerry outfit on a number of occasions when still living in the Kingdom Moynihan has respect for his opponents but no fear for what is likely to come out of the gate this weekend.
"We are all really looking forward to the game on Sunday. We are in the middle of training this week and at present we are injury free [apart for the two long term injured Andrew Cashman and Daniel Sheehan].
"Being from west Kerry myself I am not unfamiliar with getting ready for a game with An Ghaeltacht, but this season I haven't really seen what they are about. Their games have clashed with ours throughout so we have been focussing on ourselves and letting everyone else look after themselves.
"Mallow is really behind this team and the club as a whole. We had a great run in both codes in 2017 and fortunately for us the footballers went one step further than the hurlers taking the title.
"We all know this isn't going to be easy on Sunday, but I feel we have as good a chance as An Ghaeltacht. We have the players, the belief and the skill levels to win and we will do all we can to do just that.
"Of course An Ghaeltacht will be tough, they have some great players with the likes of Marc Ó Sé in their side along with many other top quality players. They also have a great tradition, but we too have players and a history and we won't fear them.
"I am expecting Sunday to be one of the biggest days at the club and hopefully we can produce the result to go with that. The support so far has been terrific and a real boost to the lads and next weekend will be even bigger.
"It is a game that all the fans will come out for and many neutrals as well. This will be the biggest game of the day in the area so that will help bring in a crowd. The support will be brilliant and very important, but for both sides that will be secondary.
"We will all be focussed on the game and not the occasion. There is a huge amount at stake so we will need to concentrate on our own game and nothing else."
Moynihan is well aware that his side will need to be better than they were two weeks ago in Fraher Field against Dungarvan.
"We knew the last game would be difficult after winning the county title. We got off to a good start and looked comfortable for a while but Dungarvan came back at us. The second half was tight but I was delighted with the resilience we showed and ultimately came through what was a tough test."
Mallow will need to perform to the best of their ability this weekend and be as ruthless as possible and if they can achieve both then they have a great chance to make a provincial final.
If they fail on either front they will be beaten and that is a sobering thought for this particular bunch of local sporting stars.