Eire Og Senior Football manager Joe Murphy says Mount Leinster Rangers victory over Tinryland makes them strong contenders for the County Championship.
Speaking to KCLR ahead of Saturday evening’s County Semi-Final clash Joe says their victory last weekend was purely merited.
“Mount Leinster Rangers are a marvelous club with what they have done in the hurling field and we all followed them all the way to Croke Park.
“They are experienced, they are fit, they are organized, they are physical and they have some wonderful players along with that as well so they are there on merit.
“They won that game against Tinryland pretty comfortable, if we were playing Tinryland next weekend, we would be cautious of the challenge that Tinryland would pose against us.
“They have guys who are passionate about their jerseys, they are doing it week in week out with hurling and football and that’s unique in itself so we have the utmost respect and regard for them.”
Joe insists they are fully focused on the challenge ahead.
“We know we have the capabilities of winning the Nationalist Trophy but it’s another thing to back it up and do it two years in a row.
“Right now, all our focus is on a Semi-Final, to get over that line and put ourselves in that position, and to do that we are going to have to dig deep.
“We know what Mount Leinster Rangers are going to bring to the table and we are hoping we have the capabilities to deal with that and counteract that and play our own game of football as well,” he said.