Gilligan: we have to dig deep

January 17, 2020

Kilcoo players and supporters celebrate. ©INPHO/Evan Logan.

Kilcoo selector/coach Conleth Gilligan admits that they will have to produce an exceptional performance to be crowned All-Ireland club SFC champions on Sunday afternoon.

The Down and Ulster champions take on the might of Corofin, a side already regarded as one of the best club teams ever and there will be no doubt about that should they win a coveted third consecutive title this weekend.

Gilligan feels that the Mickey Moran factor has certainly played its part in their success so far as the 70-year-old has weaved his magic to guide the club to their first ever All-Ireland final.

“Mickey seems to be able to squeeze the most out of players than anybody else that I ever seen,” Gilligan told the Connacht Tribune.

“So there was that. The players themselves then just committed to it and gave it everything, and they were not found wanting in commitment or attitude. That seems to have been the difference, but it is very much player-led.”

He added: “Corofin are probably the blue-print for everybody. They can play it anyway and everyway. So, from that perspective, Corofin have been the benchmark for everyone the last while and everyone is trying to get to their level. For us, we just have to prepare as best we can and try to go and give the performance of our lives.”

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