Dr Crokes defender Fionn Fitzgerald says he and his team mates will be coming up against “a very well organised” Mullinalaghta side on Saturday afternoon as they bid for a return to the All-Ireland club SFC final.
The Munster champions are massive 1/14 favourites to book that return to Croke Park on St Patrick’s Day and end the fairytale for Mickey Graham’s men in Thurles.
Speaking to RTE Sport, Fitzgerald says it has been no surprise to see the remarkable success the Longford club has achieved these past few months.
"They beat Kilmacud Crokes and they’re considered a bigger club and they’re from Dublin, maybe because of Dublin’s dominance at inter-county and that whole theme maybe," said the former Kerry captain.
"But if you look at their track record, and we’ve looked at them quite a bit over the last while, they’re a very strong team. They won three county finals in-a-row. They’ve been competing very strongly in Leinster.
"They lost to St. Vincent’s the first year, they ran them very close. Then they lost to St Loman’s by a point. This year they’ve beaten Rhode, Éire Óg and then Kilmacud on the way.
"There’s no fluke in that. They’re very well organised."
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