MAYFIELD hurling coach Seamus Lawton believes his players are ready for the ultimate test in next Saturday’s All-Ireland Club JHC final against Mooncoin.
Mayfield have done everything asked of them up no now in winning the city, county and provincial championships, but facing Kilkenny’s best, presents an obstacle of a different kind altogether, according to Lawton.
“From what we know of them they are a very good team," Seamus Lawton said.
"They are strong and physical up front and they have a very good half-back line too.
“They are going to be a typical Kilkenny team and we are under no illusions about the task ahead of us, but we will be ready for the challenge.’’
Lawton has been delighted with the Mayfield players all season and he believes they won’t be fazed by playing in Croke Park.
“It’s a huge day for them, a huge occasion too but they are fully focused on what has to be done.
“It will be exactly the same for the other team and you need to get into the game as quickly as possible and try to secure a few early scores.
“We have trained well, had a challenge game with Offaly under-21s and we had a good workout in UL on a surface as near as you will get to Croke Park.
“It’s a case now of putting in as good a performance as we can and see how far that can take us.
“There is a huge buzz in the club and everybody is now looking forward. We’ll have huge support and hopefully, we can reward them again.’’
Mayfield are hoping to become the fourth Cork team to land this very prestigious title with Fr O’Neill’s, Dripsey and Meelin having been previous winners.
Ballinhassig too won it but that was before it became fully recognised competition by the powers that be at headquarters.
Cork teams have a good record against Kilkenny opponents in finals with Dripsey defeating Tullogher-Rosbercon in 2009 and Meelin defeating John Locke’s in the 2011 final.
Mayfield will be hoping to make it three in a row on Saturday.