In an exclusive interview with SportsNewsIreland Clare football coach Michael Cahill believes that Clare have a good chance in this Sunday’s Munster Senior football final against Cork.
Cahill who has previously coached in Baylor University in the United States believes that Clare will not be left wanting come the final whistle Sunday “training has being going well and as far as I know we are injury free for Sunday, allot of the hard work was done prior to the start of the Munster Championship campaign”. Clare came through a tough semi final with Limerick which they won by a single point despite leading the Shannon-siders by 8 points during the game. Cahill believes that this will help Clare as they contest their first Munster final in 12 years. “we learned allot from the Limerick game and that will stand to us, it’s great to be involved with a winning team where you can learn from mistakes and put them into practice a few weeks later rather than waiting a whole year to play championship again”
“when we started to lose the lead against Limerick we panicked a bit and it was like being stuck in quick sand the more we struggled the more trouble we got ourselves into but the boys showed great bottle to be able to pull it out in the last five minutes”
Cork are the bookies favourites to win Sunday being 1/100 to win with Clare being 22/1, when we asked Michael about this, it didn’t seem too worrying for him “the bookies can only go by previous performance’s, its our first Munster final in 12 years but like Cork we have only had one championship game this year, but at the end of the day its 15 players against 15 players and if we use our possession wisely anything can happen on a championship Sunday as Sligo and Meath have shown.
With Eoin Cadogen declaring for the footballers this weekend this will undoubtedly strengthen the Cork panel but Cahill doesn’t seem to be phased by it “ya he’s a great addition to the side but he’s one man out of 15 who will be marking one of our 15 and if we can win our individual battles we can win the game”.
Clare are faced with two of their Senior teams playing this weekend with the hurlers also playing on Saturday night in Ennis against Dublin which see’s former All-Ireland winning Clare hurling captain Anthony Daly bringing his Dublin side to face off against fellow Clare All-Ireland winner Davy Fitzgerald. With the economic climate there is a chance that people will chose one game over the other but Michael believes that with the GAA tradition in Clare both teams will be supported well.
“although football is primarily in west Clare it’s starting to make its way into Ennis and Cratloe, I know we will be there to support the hurlers on Saturday night and I would think the proud Clare men and women will come and support the footballers as well as the hurlers”
“it would have been nice to see the GAA make some sort of deal for supporters for both matches instead of paying for them individually, it didn’t happen this time but hopefully they will take that into account in the future”
Cahill who is the owner of Optimal Zone Fitness based in Tralee has a record of training winning teams and is certainly one of the best physical trainers in the business. A former Limerick Senior football panellist he will be sure to have a physically strong Clare team on Sunday.
Cork haven’t won a Munster title in a number of years and although Cahill remains optimistic about their chances it’s hard to see past the Lee-siders on Sunday. With the way the football championship has being going this year another upset would follow the trends of the Connaught and Leinster championships this year.