Mick Lillis’ last action for Palatine’s senior footballers was Sunday’s clash in Netwatch Cullen Park against Laois champions Portlaoise. Less than 24 hours previous, he had been cheering on Portlaoise for the win then had to turn around to try and beat them in the Leinster senior football championship.
After the game, our commentator for the day Kevin McGillicuddy caught up with Mick to talk about the game, his time at Palatine and the future of football on the ground in Carlow.
When asked about the experience of the Portlaoise side having secured their ninth senior county title in a row, Lillis was quite pragmatic in response.
“They have massive experience, there’s no doubt about that. But there’s no team that are not beatable. The onus was on us to go out and perform and put it up to them as best we could which is what we tried to do.”
“I’ve worked hard with them, get on fierce well with Pal. I’ve put in six years over two spells and I’ve good relations with the Palatine players. You can make demands, you can drive them hard but you have to ha ve that respect between player and back room and I think we’ve managed that.
Listen back to the post-match interview below.