We’re going to win the All-Ireland, says confident Curran

Shane Curran was a dependable source of quotable material during his inter-county career with Roscommon and the veteran goalkeeper provided further food for thought after yesterday’s Connacht final.

“We’re going to win the All-Ireland,” said the 41-year-old without a moment’s hesitation. “We’re very professional in what we do, we have a great management team, we’re a confident bunch of fellas and we’ve put a lot in it.”

It was quite a statement given the expectation they will be meeting a Crossmaglen side favoured to win another Ulster title in next February’s All-Ireland semi-final.

Brigid’s have been sniffing around the ultimate accolade for a while now, losing the final to Crossmaglen two years ago and suffering a surprise loss to Garrycastle in last season’s semi-final.

That latter defeat was as difficult to stomach as the former given the paucity of their performance on the day and they march on this year in the knowledge that they weren’t at the top of their game again yesterday.

“We were concerned about the fatigue,” admitted selector Liam McHale afterwards.

“They looked tired and leg weary in the first half and made a lot of mistakes they hadn’t made all year. The break is critical now. We will give them a couple of weeks off because they have being going hard now at this time of year for four years. It is not easy.”

All that is to come. For now, they are entitled to wind down and reflect on their achievement in claiming a hat-trick of Connacht titles and a fourth since 2006.

“The three-in-a-row is fantastic for this group,” said manager Kevin McStay who is patrolling the Brigid’s sideline for the first time this year.

“Clan na nGael are the only team who have ever done it in the province and they were an incredible team, as I knew myself when they were beating us every year. But these guys put in a huge effort and anything they got they sweated for it.”

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