Friday 23 February 2018

Clonmel don't fear 'Boden - O'Riordan

Colin O'Riordan (SPORTSFILE)
Colin O'Riordan (SPORTSFILE)

Michael Verney

Colin O'Riordan may be over 15,000 kilometres away with AFL side Sydney Swans but Tipperary football is never far from his mind and he has no doubt that Clonmel Commercials can upset Leinster champions Ballyboden St Enda's on Saturday.

O'Riordan, who captained Tipperary to Munster U-21 success last year, believes they have nothing to fear in the face of the Dublin superclub, and urges Clonmel to seize this opportunity with both hands.

"They've beaten all these fancied club teams and now have the chance to play Ballyboden, that's what you grow up dreaming of, competing with the best and beating the best," he said.

"The best feeling in the world is competing on the biggest stage. You don't play to get beaten in a terrible match in South Tipp.

"I'm sure Commercials didn't see at the start of the year that they'd be in an All-Ireland semi-final but they're there and it's just belief now. People underestimate it.

"What do 'Boden have that Commercials don't have? Commercials have a fine young team and I've no doubt that they can put it up to them. And it wouldn't surprise me in the slightest if they beat them."

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