Captain King seeks another great day with Na Piarsaigh

John Keogh

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John Keogh

Na Piarsaigh's Adrian Breen in action against Kilmallock in the SHC semi-final
Na Piarsaigh head into their fifth SHC final in seven years but their captain Cathal King insists that this year’s final is of massive importance.

Na Piarsaigh head into their fifth SHC final in seven years but their captain Cathal King insists that this year’s final is of massive importance.

“It is our fifth final in seven years but we have only two championships to our name as a club.

“This is still a massive, massive day for us as a club even considering that we have been in the last two county finals we take nothing for granted.

“Patrickswell have 18 county titles and we are nowhere near that. We are always aware of course that clubs go up and down and that our purple patch at the moment won’t last forever.”

Na Piarsaigh avenged last season’s county final loss to Kilmallock in the semi-final and King feels that the victory will hold them in good stead ahead of the final.

“It was a massive game for us to get over. It just shows you how good a team Kilmallock are that we had gotten ourselves so far ahead that they were just never beaten. It took everything that was in us to get us that far as well”

“We were probably a little bit disappointed as well that we did let them back into the game.”

Na Piarsaigh’s character has been tested at different times during the season but they have impressively came through every hurdle up to now.

“I think with this group of players it has been drilled into us that if we were in the game with 10 minutes to go we felt ourselves that we could really push on,” King explained.

“There is a sense of belief in us that if anything is close that we would have it in us to push on in games.

“We won’t always be in county finals so we really stress the point that this is not to be taken for granted.

“The county medal is such a rare thing in a group of players and that we will just be doing everything that we can to come out with that medal at the end of the day.”

The Na Piarsaigh captain also highlighted how impressed he has been with the Patrickswell side they face on Sunday.

“You saw how well they played against Adare in the semi-final.

“They have a fantastic defence and an attack that can score from anywhere.

“We also have our strong points in both areas as well so I don’t think the game will be won or lost in any particular area on the pitch.

“I just think it’s going to be who wants it more at the end of the day.”