Joint captains Mark and Paul are ready to lead the charge at Croker

St Brigid’s players Ronan Stack, Brian Stack and joint captains Paul McGrath and Mark Daly pictured at the All-Ireland final media night held in St Brigid’s clubhouse last week. Pic: Kieran Croghan

Mark Daly and Paul McGrath are joint captains of St Brigid’s this season and the duo will be hoping to climb the steps of the Hogan Stand on Sunday and get their hands on the Andy Merrigan Cup. Both men were looking forward to the big day when they spoke to People Sport last week

What are your thoughts on the performance against Castlehaven?

P McG: Overall we were happy with the performance. We did well in the opening period but we had a 15-minute lull after half-time and they got back into it. But they played well in the second half. We had a few lads that came off the bench (who made an impact) and we were able to close out the win.

… and on the campaign overall so far?

MD: I think that the Roscommon championship really sets up teams to be competitive in the All-Ireland series because it’s a very hard championship to win. After you win Roscommon you just take every game as it comes and you can take nothing for granted but here we are now in the final.

How do you feel about the championship being played off as quickly as it is?

P McG: I think it is better to play it off quickly the way they are doing it – from a players’ point of view. There are no long gaps between games. Even those five weeks over Christmas was hard to keep your mind on it. The two-week turnover is perfect, to be honest.

How do you rate your opponents, Glen?

MD: Ah look, Glen are very formidable opposition. We have been watching them in the championship for the past three or four years and they have been knocking on the door and have some household names in their team. We will be up against it but we don’t really fear any team either.

What are your thoughts on going into the final as underdogs?

P McG: It’s a nice way to go into the match. It takes a bit of pressure off and we know that if we play to the best of our ability we have a great chance.

How excited are you at the prospect of possibly repeating the feats of 2013?

MD: The inspiration that this team have got from 2013 is huge. We all remember going to those matches as 12- and 13-year-olds and it has driven the club on. It’s a great achievement for everyone in the club to be there, and especially the underage coaches who have looked after us up along the way. There is 10 years of hard work done to bring us to this stage and hopefully it will pay off on Sunday.