Wednesday 24 January 2018

Gormley backs Summerhill to grab chance

Neil Ahern

THEY have the chance to claim their first Connacht Colleges senior football title in 25 years, but Summerhill College coach Liam Og Gormley has insisted that this opportunity hasn't come by chance.

Today, the Sligo side will be chasing their first provincial title since 1985 against St Gerald's of Castlebar in Charlestown (2.30).

Summerhill have upset all the odds this year, knocking out Connacht giants St Jarlath's in the preliminary rounds and St Muredach's in the semi-final.

And Gormley explains that this year's success is the result of much hard work over a number of years.

"I started working with this team three years ago and I've worked with them all the way up," said Gormley, who coaches along with teacher Shane Reynolds. "It hasn't just come by chance; it's been three years of real hard work."

Summerhill claimed the junior football double (league and championship) last year and more than half of the team that will line out today were part of that set-up. Gormley, however, says his side won't be favourites today.

"We'll definitely be going in as underdogs but all we have to do is go out and play, try and give a good account of ourselves," he said. "Overall, it's been a really successful couple of years, now hopefully we can finish it off."

Irish Independent

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