GARRYOWEN head coach Tom Tierney insists Friday night’s ODM Munster Senior Cup final couldn’t have come at a better time for the team, despite their lowly position in the All-Ireland League.
Without a win from any of their opening eight AIL 1A fixtures, Garryowen are in serious relegation trouble at the foot of the table. However, the ‘light blues’ have the chance to cast their League woes to one side when bidding to earn a 39th ODM Munster Senior Cup success against Cork Constitution at Thomond Park in Friday night’s decider (7.30pm).
Tom Tierney said: “You have to forget about our AIL results going into Friday night’s final.
“To give the Cup it deserves we have, as a management team and a squad of players, to be going into the game fully confident that we can win.
“Obviously the results in the League haven’t gone our way for whatever reason, a slump in form, poor play and stuff like that.
“The Cup final couldn’t have come at a better time for us. Obviously, we have had a couple of good wins in the Cup to get this stage.
“The pressure of AIL matches, league position and league form is totally gone from us now. The buzz is there. The key is getting fellas back from injury, getting them back from the provinces, that will add to it.
“I am very confident we will be very competitive on Friday night and also that it will act as a springboard for January 4 and the resumption of the AIL.”
One of Garryowen’s eight league defeats was a hugely frustrating 18-15 loss to Con at Temple Hill after the Dooradoyle side had appeared to build a match-winning lead.
Tierney said: “We went 15-6 up on Con’ at Temple Hill. Unfortunately, arguably because confidence was at a low ebb, one or two things that normally we would have expected the lads to do in tight situations, to make the right decision or execute the right play, we let ourselves down.
“At the time it was a desperate feeling. Hopefully we can take that disappointment and frustration we had that day and use it as a positive and a bit of a stick to keep the boys ticking over.”
Tierney is awaiting confirmation from Munster on whether the likes of Ronan and Barry O’Mahony and Shane Buckley will be required for the province’s PRO12 clash with the Scarlets on Saturday night, as well as from Connacht on the availability of prop JP Cooney.
Garryowen have the likes of Mark Rowley and Conan Doyle back from injury in recent weeks, while Cian O’Shea and Dave Rowley have returned back from the US.”