St. Lachtain’s once again find themselves at the latter stages of the Michal Lyng Motors Kilkenny Intermediate Championship.
They got over their semi-final difficulties last month when they defeated the Fenians on a scoreline of 2-12 to 0-10 to advance to Sunday’s decider with Glenmore.
It’s Steven Farrell’s side’s biggest game for several years and the St. Lachtain’s manager told Scoreline that it is something that the parish of Freshford are not taking for granted.
“Training has gone really well the last couple of weeks.
“It’s brilliant to be involved in a county final and it’s something that not just the players are looking forward to, but also the entire parish too.
It’s a special game for everyone involved and we just can’t wait for it,” Farrell said.
There have been rumours circulating that star man Brian Kennedy has returned from Dubai to link up with his teammates for tomorrow’s mouth-watering encounter.
The St. Lachtain’s manager did not shy away when asked about the possibility of Kennedy making a shock appearance at UPMC Nowlan Park.
Farrell said: “Brian (Kennedy) is home. The players and management are delighted to have him back. He’s a huge clubman and we’re lucky to have him.
“We spoke to the players about it, and they were more than welcoming of him coming back. It’s great timing for us on the eve of a county final and nobody deserves it more than Brian.”
While admitting that he is wary of the challenge that an in-form Glenmore side will pose, Farrell is adamant that pondering on the opposition is a pointless exercise for a game of this magnitude.
“We know that Glenmore are going to be a massive challenge for us.
“Having said that, we have only worked on what we can do and what we can improve on because there is no point in focusing on Glenmore. We have to take care of our own game. “
Farrell was also complimentary of his entire panel as he outlined the importance of every player to the team’s success in both the league and championship.
“We were able to utilise our whole panel throughout the league. That was important because those players that have come in have really come to the fore and have proved to us that they can do.
“That helped us in the league, and it certainly helped us in the championship.”
One standout performer for St. Lachtain’s throughout 2021 has been corner forward Liam Hickey.
Hickey’s manager acknowledged his impressive season, but once again reiterated the importance of every single member of his panel.
“Liam is a massive player for us and a great leader. When we need someone to stand up, he is always there.
“But this is an effort from the entire panel, and we know that we need to put in our best performance of the year while improving on small things. We need to have a complete performance if we are to get over the line.”