O’Sullivan warns of Birmingham ‘banana skin’

DROMID PEARSES star Declan O’Sullivan has warned his teammates they will have to improve their performances to win their All-Ireland JFC quarter-final against Birmingham in two weeks.

His comments came after his club’s Munster final win over Kildangan in Moyvane on Sunday, where the Kerry champions struggled to finish the game off despite the Tipperary side going down to 14 men shortly after the break.

“We’re going to have to do our homework. We’re going to have to prepare very well going over to Birmingham,” he said. “It’s going to be a very difficult task for us because of the logistics of going over to England and everything. We have to be very careful and keep our feet on the ground.

“We wouldn’t have been happy with our performance [on Sunday] really, but it was just a real team effort. I think if we went over to England and played that way it probably wouldn’t do. They’ll be sitting back and watching us, they’ll be prepared. It’s a real banana skin so we have to be careful there.”

Despite collecting plenty of silverware with Kerry over the years, O’Sullivan admitted winning with his local club would be even more special.

“When you play sport it starts off in the club and finishes in the club, so it’s a very special time. Dromid is a real small club; I think it’s what made me you know.

“I’d see myself as very hard-working and passionate, very like the people where I come from. I’d be very proud of these days and proud of the people where I come from as well. Of course it’s very special to win with your club, but I enjoy winning with Kerry as well.”

That passion was underlined by the presence of Declan’s brother Dominic on the starting team. He played a starring role in Dromid’s victory, as older brother Donal, ruled out through injury, watched from the sidelines.

“Dominic has been playing really well and has been really coming on. There was a bit of disappointment there too with Donal. He’s been corner-back all year and playing very well, but he had an accident at work on Friday so he missed out. He’s delighted we won and hopefully he’ll be back for the next day.

“If you went through the team, there’s a lot of family connections here, that’s what the club’s about. You’re playing with your best friends and the fellas you went to school with and the memories we’ll share will stick with us for the rest of our lives.”

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