Youghal ready for next big step

Bill Cooper blows out his cheeks when you ask about the response to Youghal’s intermediate championship success last year.

Youghal ready for next big step

“Youghal would probably go mad if we win this weekend, to be honest, but we’ll have to see how it goes,” the captain said.

“For ourselves, it hasn’t been that hard to keep the focus and to keep going. We’re taking it game by game.

“That’s worked out well for us so far and we’re hoping it’s the same tomorrow in Limerick.”

Tomorrow they take another step in the journey. After triumph in Cork they took the Munster title against Ballina of Tipperary and then went to London to see off St Gabriel’s in order to set up the All-Ireland semi-final against Galway side Kilnadeema-Leitrim.

“Christy’s explained further down seen a few DVDs of their games. When we played Mount Leinster Rangers down in Waterford recently in a challenge they had a couple of people down there watching us, so they’ve seen us but we’ve never seen them.”

The Galway side saw them beat the All-Ireland senior club finalists from Carlow, a considerable boost to their confidence, but Cooper plays down its significance.

“We only took a week or two off over Christmas while I’d say when we played them they’d probably been away from training for a month or more. But they’re a fine strong team, in fairness.”

That’s Christy Cooney, by the way, that he mentioned above. The former president of the GAA’s wide-ranging experience is a huge benefit to his home club.

“He’s been around and been through so much,” said Cooper. “Really, when we got out of the county he came into his own. Organising the trip to London for the game when we played St Gabriel’s for instance. He’s been excellent all year, keeping players fresh and focused in training over Christmas.

“On paper it looks like we’ve had a very long season, and we have, but in fairness to Christy, Peter Coady and Con Spillane [selectors], they’ve been very good from start to finish.”

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