London champions deserve respect, says Rochford

The day you get ahead of yourself is the day you’re in trouble

Victorious Corofin manager Stephen Rochford wasn’t looking beyond ‘game seven’ ahead of yesterday’s Connacht Club final, but today he must start planning for a pre-Christmas trip to London.

One of the ‘perks’ for this year’s Connacht champions is an All-Ireland quarter-final against the London champions, Tir Chonaill Gaels, in Ruislip on Sunday, December 14.

So now the task of booking flights and organising accommodation in the English capital becomes a reality for Rochford and the officers of the Galway club.

“I wasn’t aware of who we were due to play, we hadn’t looked any further than game seven against Ballintubber,” admitted Rochford, an All-Ireland club winner as a player with Mayo’s Crossmolina in 2001.

“We will go into that game with the same respect as we did against Aughawillan, coming to Castlebar today, or going into Tuam playing anybody.

“Any team that wins their county championship needs to be respected, and the day you get ahead of yourself is the day you’re in trouble.

“That match will be our focus for the next three weeks and we need to keep that focus and make sure we’re still in the championship in 2015.

“We’ve now got to go and book some flights and get our homework done for London.”

A former Mayo minor football captain, Rochford admitted that his knowledge of the club football scene in the county came in handy during preparations for Sunday’s game.

“To be honest, there was no masterplan.

“They’ve got Cillian (O’Connor) and Alan (Dillon) there down the spine of their attack, so it was really important that we didn’t let them dictate what was happening in the forward line.

“We didn’t feel we could afford to break 50/50, we felt we had to go and win those areas. And I think we did, by and large.”


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