Lyng: it's not going to be easy

December 01, 2017

Ballyragget manager Jim Lyng

St Patrick's Ballyragget manager Jim Lyng believes that being strong favourites counts for nothing ahead of Saturday's Leinster club IHC final.

The Kilkenny champions have home advantage against surprise packets Glenealy of Wicklow who are 6/1 to cause an upset against the 1/10 favourites.

The bookies give Glenealy no chance at all, but Lyng stressed to the Kilkenny People that his players will not be going on the field with that train of thought.

"We expect to be overwhelming favourites," said Lyng. "It is not going to be easy. In fairness to the players, they were favourites in the last two matches and they coped. Being at home in Nowlan Park is an advantage, but you can't let that add to the pressure.

"We will just get on with the job. Finals are there to be won. You are judged on what you win. There will be no excuses. The players are in great and they are looking forward to the game."

Ballyragget must plan without Barry Staunton who is out with a collapsed lung, while John Mooney is battling to be fit for the game after a spell on the sidelines.

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