Thursday 14 November 2019

Scannell refusing to take Killester lightly

Despite the fact that the Cork side are overwhelming favourites for the decider, their coach Mark Scannell is keen to play down their favourites tag.
Despite the fact that the Cork side are overwhelming favourites for the decider, their coach Mark Scannell is keen to play down their favourites tag.
Cian Tracey

Cian Tracey

Defending Women's National Cup Champions Team Montenotte Hotel are sweating on the fitness of skipper Claire Rockall (foot) and Marie Breen (tonsillitis) ahead of this evening's final against Killester.

Despite the fact that the Cork side are overwhelming favourites for the decider, their coach Mark Scannell is keen to play down their favourites tag.

"Killester's league position doesn't show where they are at the moment. They have two excellent Americans. You're not going to stop everything, but we'll look to negate their big weapons," he said.

"We'd been off the pace for a couple of years and some players aren't getting any younger so we'll take any opportunity that we can. 'Favourites' and 'underdogs' are just people's opinions. We'll just do what we do," Scannell added.

The Dublin side are bottom of the league table and have won just two league games all season but their captain Aisling Sullivan is eager for her side to perform on the biggest stage of all.

"We have a strong desire to win this. We've played in four semi-finals in the past few years and never got through to the final, so getting over that hurdle I think will be a huge drive for the girls," she insisted. "Now that we are there, we certainly do not want to let this opportunity slip through our hands."

Robin Murphy who is the league's top scoring American is hoping to build on her impressive semi-final performance.

"It all clicked eventually in the semi-final and I hope we do the same thing over 40 minutes. We're pretty bad in the league so we don't have anything to lose. We want the title just as much, if not more than they do."

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