Thomastown will contest back-to-back finals after an emphatic win in their semi-final yesterday at UPMC Nowlan Park against Dunnamaggin
Thomastown is back in UPMC Nowlan Park to contest another county title as they will face off against Mooncoin in this year’s Intermediate decider after an impressive twenty-point win over Dunnamaggin in the semi-final yesterday. Both teams had previously met a few weeks ago in the league final which Thomastown won as well but they were in no mood for letting up on Sunday as they had twenty points to spare over their opponents.
Thomastown was in the final last year against Danesfort and lost out after the game went to extra-time. They have contested the 2019, 2020, 2022, and now the 2023 decider, in all the other games they were pipped at the post at the final hurdle. They have been the in-form team this year and carried the favorites tag well and will certainly go into the final as overwhelming favorites again. Still, Mooncoin who were underdogs in the semi-final will relish the fact that they go into the final as underdogs again.
Speaking to KCLR after the game, captain Peter McDonald said “Semi-Finals are there to be won, no one is going to remember this game at the end of it so one more game to go and hopefully we can perform even better”
“They started off and came out of the traps fast, something we haven’t been brilliant at this year but we gathered ourselves and got to grips with the game, and when we got a goal or two we were comfortable”.
“We were very up for this game over the last two weeks, we knew Dunnamaggin would come with a lot, look they’ll probably be disappointed in the way they played but we’ll be delighted going into a final now, we know there is nothing won yet and we’ll just have to up it another gear”
“This is our fifth year having a go at this, we know as much ourselves that there is going to be a lot of noise outside and pressure on us, we’ll just have to deal with it and get the win the next day”.