The Malin Gaelic footballers are all set for a titanic battle with Killybegs this Sunday afternoon in MacCumhaill Park, Ballybofey.
They will head to the famous old ground on Sunday as many people’s favourites to reach their first ever final after a comprehensive win in the previous round against reigning champions, St.Eunan’s.
Speaking to the Inishowen Independent this week, Malin manager Terence Colhoun was quick to play down the hype and he believes it will be a 50-50 game. “We believe that it will take a huge effort from everyone to get past Killybegs. “The St.Eunan’s game is gone now and if we don’t perform to our highest level then we know we will not be going to the county final, it’s as simple as that.”
Although understandably wary of the threat posed by Killybegs, the manager was adamant that if his team can perform the way they know they can then they will give themselves a real opportunity of reaching the final for the first time in their history.
“We feel that if we can perform to our maximum level then we can be a match for any team in the county. We will treat Killybegs with the respect they deserve as they have an outstanding pedigree in Senior Championship football but we certainly won’t fear them and as long as we perform the way we know we can then we will have every chance of progressing to the final.”
Colhoun will be sweating on the fitness of wing back Daniel Greene who had to leave the action early during last Sunday’s impressive league victory over Ardara with a hamstring strain.
Greene aside, there is a clean bill of health in the entire squad and they will be champing at the bit to be involved on Sunday.
Midfielder Michael Byrne spoke of the professional attitude adopted by the Malin management team this year. “Terence, Louis and Eamon have been fantastic all year and they have left no stone unturned as far as preparation is concerned. Hopefully we can pay them back for their dedication all year by reaching the final on Sunday.”