Sunday 22 April 2018

Lilies will go all out to get hands on silverware, insists Doyle

Kildare's Eoin Doyle. Photo: Sportsfile
Kildare's Eoin Doyle. Photo: Sportsfile
Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

Promotion to the top flight is already assured but Kildare's Eoin Doyle insists the Lilies will be going all out for a chance to collect silverware in Croke Park on Sunday.

Kildare face Galway for the second time in seven days in the Division 2 decider this weekend. And while securing Division 1 football was the big prize, Doyle wants his side to have the experience of collecting a trophy at HQ.

"The biggest thing is promotion, definitely, yeah. But it's important that when there is silverware up for grabs that you take it," he said.

"Galway won a Connacht title last year, but up until that maybe they mightn't have had the silverware they would have wanted, like ourselves. We haven't got the silverware that we wanted so when there is one up for grabs it is important."

Doyle (26) identified Kildare's fast start to the league that saw them beat fellow promotion hopefuls Meath and Cork in recent weeks as key to their successful campaign.

And pointing to last year's qualifier defeat to Mayo, where a slow start saw them ultimately proved their undoing, he believes the exposure to more top-class opposition will serve them well.

Proactive

"It's too late to be responding to these things, you have to be proactive and go out first," he said. "You do learn a lot. . . you learn the intensity, it was one thing I took from that game - Mayo brought a massive intensity right from the first ball that was thrown-in.

"From their full forward line back it was just work, work, work and as a result of that they were able to get the scores, find the men in the best position.

"That's not by coincidence: they train like that, they play like that, and even at that top level that kind of comes automatic to them - and that's where we're trying to get to, that from the first time that ball is thrown in that we get to that level straight away."

Kildare are on the opposite side of the Leinster Championship draw to Dublin and couldn't meet Jim Gavin's side until a provincial final. But Doyle believes last year taught them that they can't look too far ahead.

"Last year we were on that side of the draw and we didn't get to (a final). . . we lost a Leinster semi-final," he said. '

"It doesn't make a difference, you have to just win the game that you are playing and focus on that game. If you get to that level where we are playing (Dublin), we'll have won a couple of good games and got good results in the lead-up."

Irish Independent

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