'This was getting one monkey off our back, we have another one now coming up in Corofin'
With another Munster title safely in the bag and the ghost of the 2015 provincial final consigned to history with the dismissal of Clonmel Commercials, Nemo Rangers star Luke Connolly has his eyes firmly set on tackling another ghost of the club’s recent past.
Galway champions Corofin handed out a 15-point hammering to the Cork men on St Patrick’s day in 2018 and Connolly wants his side to give a much better account of themselves this time around.
"We knew we could take nothing for granted against Clonmel," said the Cork star.
"I kept an eye on the scoreboard all through because we all know what happened in 2015 and we wanted to make sure we weren’t left open to that happening again. We knew we couldn’t hold back at any stage.
"This was getting one monkey off our back, we have another one now coming up in Corofin. We have to focus on ourselves. Corofin are a fantastic side, I have no doubt they are not focussing on us."
Nemo's win on Sunday in Dungarvan further enhances the club’s remarkable record in the Munster championship. On the 21 occasions they have come out of the county, the have won in the province on 17 of those outings.
And captain Barry O’Driscoll agrees it’s important to keep that tradition going.
"Oh absolutely. It's one of those ones where the medals you've won doesn't matter, you've got to win another one. Otherwise why are you playing? You play because you want to win. When you're representing a group like all the lads from Nemo and fellas that have gone before you, you see the effort that they put in when they've played and the effort they put in when they're not playing, so it's not hard to put effort in yourself when you see everyone around you doing it."
The change in calendar means the All-Ireland will be wrapped up before the end of January meaning there will be no break for the sides still standing.
"It's better in a way but unfortunately Christmas is kind of cancelled," O’Driscoll said.
"But look again it's a good complaint to have. I'd rather win and have to put the head down for Christmas than any other way. Look we just have to take that as it comes."
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