Enniskillen must emulate Crossmaglen – Corrigan
St Michael’s, Enniskillen (Fermanagh) v St Mary’s, Edenderry (Offaly)
Saturday, Croke Park, 2.45pm
ST MICHAEL’S manager Dom Corrigan has tried to instil a Crossmaglen attitude into his team ahead of this weekend’s Hogan Cup final.
The Fermanagh school have struggled to start well throughout their campaign, unlike Crossmaglen who put on a brilliant first-half performance against Garrycastle in last weekend’s All-Ireland Club Senior Football Championship decider.
Yet while St Mick’s have been successful, getting to within just 60 minutes of their first ever Hogan Cup title, Corrigan wants his team to make sure of victory as early as possible this time.
“I would like to think that we could take a leaf out of Crossmaglen’s book, particularly the way they blew them [Garrycastle] out of the water. There is no reason why we cannot do that,” Corrigan said.
Crossmaglen were ten points ahead at half time in their final because of some brilliant attacking play though. Aaron Kernan, Aaron Cunningham, Francis Hanratty, Jamie Clarke, are just a few names from a list of players who can cut defences open.
Truth be told, St Michael’s do not share that same attacking strength, or at least they have not shown it yet. Eddie Courtney has been their main scorer in their last few games.
Corrigan hopes that that can change.
“Our strength has been our hard work, and I feel that the forwards haven’t really opened up. That is a slight concern, but it is a different game and perhaps the wide open spaces of Croke Park will help,” he said.
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