Liam placing faith in youth and experience!

Liam Gordon is the Athleague manager this year, and he is assisted by Ciara Moran and Ned Lennon as his selectors.

  Liam is looking forward to Sunday’s big game although he says that Johnstownbridge will be formidable opponents.

  “Preparations have gone well but of course we are without long-term injury victims Laura Fleming and Niamh Farrell.

  “They are big losses to us but we have a very strong panel and we are looking forward to playing in the final.

  “Johnstownbridge are a good side. I saw them beating Clanmaurice of Kerry (2-10 to 1-5) in the semi-final last weekend and they have a very strong spine to their team.

  “They have four players on the Kildare team who won the intermediate All-Ireland title this year. But we have plenty of strong, experienced players too…but we will have to play well on the day for sure.”

  Liam says that the difference this year with this Athleague team was the arrival of some of the younger players into the team to help with the older experienced players who had been there for years.

  “We have loads of very experienced players and they have really stood up to the plate this year but the arrival of the younger minor players into the team has made a huge difference too.

  “In the semi-final against Loughgiel we really came good in the second half and we won well but we will have to play for the entire game in the final.

  “It is fantastic to be in an All-Ireland final – for such a small club – and hopefully we will have a big support from the county on the day too.

  “It is tough playing at this time of the year in poor conditions but it is the same for everyone I suppose and there is not much that can be done about it.

  “I think that we have a great blend of younger players and older, experienced players and it would be fantastic to win this title. We will give it everything.”