Championship is different to league - Martin

May 22, 2019

Tempers flare between Laois' Ross Munnelly and Kieran Martin of Westmeath. ©INPHO/Laszlo Geczo.

With the O’Byrne Cup and FL Division 3 silverware safely tucked away in the trophy cabinet, Westmeath captain Kieran Martin is hoping they can continue their winning ways in their Leinster SFC opener this weekend.

The Lake County are due to renew acquaintances with Laois in O'Connor Park on Sunday and will be looking to secure a third win this year at the expense of the O'Moore County.

“It is hard to beat a team three times in a year and they are going to have their homework done,” Martin pointed out in an interview with

“When it comes to Championship it is a different game altogether. Teams will raise it that 10 or 15 per cent. If you have played them in the League you have to raise it that 15 per cent, maybe even 20 per cent more because they will try to counteract everything we have done.

“It is up to us to try to bring that bit of extra intensity, to work that bit harder. It is always going to be close in a local derby, be it League or Championship you need that bit of luck on the day. Hopefully it might go our way.”

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