Sheridan confident of second win in four days

Seneschalstown's Joe Sheridan believes that his side can beat Portlaoise in Saturday's Leinster Club SFC quarter-final, despite it being their third game in the space of a week.

Seneschalstown's Joe Sheridan believes that his side can beat Portlaoise in Saturday's Leinster Club SFC quarter-final, despite it being their third game in the space of a week.

The Meath senior footballer scored 1-2 as Seneschalstown claimed their second Meath SFC title in three years with a 2-8 to 1-8 replay victory over Wolfe Tones last night.

Sheridan said: "It would have been nice to get a week's break but you just have to get on with it.

"We are delighted to represent Meath and go on in Leinster. Hopefully we can put up a good show and regroup on Saturday and get our heads right. It's going to be tough but we are well able for it.

"We have trained well all year, we have a good panel and there is no reason why we can't go on and put on a good show in Leinster."

A Meath club has not won or reached a Leinster SFC decider since Dunshaughlin took silverware in 2002.

However, Sheridan believes that the momentum his side have gained in recent weeks could push them all the way, just as Kilmacud Crokes proved last year.

"Momentum coming into a Leinster Championship is probably the thing that keeps you going.

"The team that plays the best over the games usually gets the momentum and keeps going on.

"You saw it last year with Kilmacud who were the form team and kept going with the games coming thick and fast and hopefully it will be the same for ourselves."

Sheridan believes that Seneschalstown's strength-in-depth will be a key factor during the Leinster campaign.

"Our panel is massive, we have 35 on it and when you look at the sideline and see lads like Brian Clarke, who only came on for the final replay because he had a bad hamstring problem - all of the lads are of equal quality.

"If some lad isn't able for it or has an injury we have got lads to come on. Portlaoise are a great team and if we get our heads right ourselves there is no reason why we can't go on and win it.

"They are a great side and they are always there in the club championship, with some great players.

"A lot of them have been involved with Laois county teams and Portlaoise three days after a county championship final are going to be tough.

"If we get our heads right we will put up a good show and hopefully we will represent our county well.

"Our problem all year is that we haven't been playing consistently well over 60 minutes.

"It's maybe something we have to work on, but hopefully we are coming right at the right time.

"It's going to be tough - we only have three days to recover with three games in one week - but we should be well able for it," he added.

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