'Nothing personal but I always prefer to see clubs winning over divisions'

'Nothing personal but I always prefer to see clubs winning over divisions'
Nemo Rangers' Colin O'Brien breaks from Corofin's Daithí Burke. Picture: Eddie O'Hare

NEMO Rangers manager, Paul O’Donovan, says the county championships should be the preserve of clubs only.

He was speaking ahead of the senior football decider against Duhallow at Páirc Uí Rinn on Sunday at 4pm, when Nemo attempt to win their 21st title.

“I prefer to see clubs winning. It’s my own feeling. I’ve nothing against Duhallow, nothing against Imokilly because they have every right to enter the championships.

“I’ve always felt that way. It’s just a personal thing with me. I went to the hurling final and wanted the Glen to win,” he said.

Nemo, last winners in 2017, wrap up their preparations tonight and expect to be able to pick from a full squad.

“Colin O’Brien will have a fitness test. He went off injured against Douglas and I’m expecting him to come through.

“Colin has passed all the tests on his hamstring so far. Colin Lane is looking after him, so hopefully he’ll get the green light.

“Peter Morgan is available, having missed the semi-final. He’s missed probably two or three weeks training, but we’re hoping he’ll come good in training this evening.

“It gives us a headache in terms of selection, but a nice headache. I suppose the fact that he’s missed a bit of training gives the nod to the other two lads (James McDermott and Alan O’Donovan), but Peter is a fantastic option to have.

“We have a number of other options, as well. Jack Horgan can play midfield so can Barry Cripps.”

O’Donovan reckons Nemo’s defence face their biggest challenge of the campaign from last year’s beaten finalists.

“Duhallow have, probably, the best six forwards as a group that we’ll come up against.

“The ’Barr’s have Stephen Sherlock, Douglas Sean Powter and Shane Kingston, but these six guys can all play and they can all score.

“If I’m not mistaken they’ve all got inter-county experience, Cork U20s, minors, juniors and seniors, so they’re probably the best balanced forward unit we’re going to come up against.

“The two Walshs (Aidan and Paul) at midfield are big, powerful men and Duhallow are very well organised at the back.

“They mightn’t have the star names in defence, bar Kevin Crowley, but they’re well organised and don’t concede a whole lot.

“I think it will be a very even game. We’ve a good set of backs and a good set of forwards and Duhallow the same,” O’Donovan added.

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