Saturday 24 February 2018

Brady wants perfect 10 to cement 'legacy of greatness'

History will be made today in Abbeylara, Co Longford today no matter what the result of the GAA All-Ireland 40x20 Senior Singles final.

World No 1 Paul Brady from Cavan is gunning for a ninth successive title, and a 10th overall, while standing in his way is 26-year-old Mullingar man Robbie McCarthy, who is aiming to halt the world champion's run in what Brady says will be his last singles campaign.

"I want to leave a legacy of greatness that will be very hard for anyone coming behind to surpass and I'm confident that, if I play my best, no-one can beat me," said a bullish Brady.

"I don't care how the cup is won as long as I win it. All the times we've played in the past are irrelevant now, it's just all about this match, that's all I'm focusing on.

"I've prepared the best I can. It's just a matter of going out and performing to the best of my ability and, hopefully, I can get a result.

"I've played him a lot over the years. Last year (Brady beat McCarthy 21-6 21-1 in the final) was a bit of a freak result. He'll have learned from that and I'm expecting a tough game.

"A goal I set myself a long time ago was to try to win 10 All-Irelands and here I am with the opportunity. Each one means as much as the first one. I want to get that 10th title and I want it now, I don't want to wait."

Action begins at 4.30 with the meeting of Wexford's Galen Riordan and Clare's Colin Crehan in the Minor Singles final.

Irish Independent

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