One of Brigids’ more experienced players in John Tiernan. The flying county senior half-forward is almost a decade playing club footballl and he is looking forward to the challenge of playing against Ballina on Sunday next.
John says that the St. Brigid’s panel overall is stronger this year and that this is an advantage this season.
“We have plenty of great young players. It’s a pity that we lost Donal O’Connor after the county final because he is gone abroad, but we have loads of players fighting for every place on the team and hopefully whatever fifteen go out next Sunday will give everything to bring the title back” he says.
John doesn’t expect that the final will resemble the semi-final, which was so high-scoring.
“It’s very seldom that any team scores four goals in a Connacht club championship game and we can expect that it will not be that way next Sunday. As long as we can get more scores than Ballina, that’s what matter. If it’s 8 points to 7 in our favour then that will suit me fine” he says.
John Tiernan says that Ballina have some class performers. “We know from playing with Roscommon how good these guys are. David and Ger Brady, Pat Harte and Ronan McGarrity are all class performers but we hope that maybe we might be stronger overall and it’s a fifteen man game” he says.
John says that there is a real feel-good factor about the Brigids team in the local area and around the county.
“It’s been brilliant. We go into the local schools and encourage them to come along and follow us and there is a huge following from the local parish area and there are club jersies on sale here in the clubhouse.
“It was fantastic the last day to see that there were more Brigids supporters there than Killererin, so hopefully that will be the case on next Sunday too and hopefully on Sunday evening next we will be in the All-Ireland semi-final to give them more to cheer about!” he concluded.