Tuesday 23 January 2018

Cahill wants St Brigid's to complete Royal mission

Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

DESPITE a whirlwind two months that has seen Barry Cahill pick up All-Ireland and Dublin SFC medals, the St Brigid's dynamo insists he has a huge appetite for more success as the club begin their Leinster SFC campaign with a trip to Navan to face Meath champions Summerhill tomorrow.

"I suppose when you wake up on Tuesday morning (having won the Dublin championship on Sunday), your thoughts turn to the Leinster campaign and Summerhill. It's going to be very tough. Heading to play a Meath team in Navan, it's never easy," he says.

St Brigid's were quoted around 25/1 before the start of the Dublin championship and took out several of the county's big guns, including Kilmacud Crokes, Ballyboden, Ballymun Kickhams, Na Fianna and St Oliver Plunketts/Eoghan Ruadh in the decider last Sunday to secure the club's second title.

Cahill revealed that after missing out on the 2003 success due to injury, the victory was hugely significant for him.

"It was a bit extra special for me because I missed out on the Leinster club campaign in 2003 when I did my cruciate before the Dublin-Derry game in July 2003. I have the medal somewhere, but it's not got pride of place at home or anything like that."

Meath legend Gerry McEntee was also manager for that maiden county title when they progressed as far as the Leinster final, with Ken D'Arcy, Martin Cahill and Graham Norton the only survivors from that team.

McEntee also had a brief stint with Summerhill during his playing career, and Cahill was quick to hail his influence on St Brigid's.

"He's an incredible man. He's the type of fella that every club in the country would love to have, because he's just so good with all the players, at organising them. The club is really in his blood and he'd do anything for St Brigid's.

"Mark Byrne from Whitehall works with Gerry in a sort of joint manager role and the two of them have worked very well together."

While Cahill acknowledges that St Brigid's will go in as favourites, with Summerhill having been idle for four weeks, he admits his side might be vulnerable after last weekend's exertions.

"I saw a couple of their games a few weeks ago and we've watched a DVD of their matches. They've a very strong full-back line and a big midfield and a couple of guys who have been on Meath teams over the last few years.

"I think they're a well balanced team, similar to ourselves in that they're not overly reliant on anyone in particular. We'll have to be at our best to beat them."

Irish Independent

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