St Brigid’s will relish being underdogs

This Sunday’s All-Ireland Club SFC final is beautifully set up for St Brigid’s, which is not to underestimate the scale of the task facing the Roscommon and Connacht champions. I’m no expert on the psychology of sport, but I imagine St Brigid’s must be relishing their status as underdogs, as justified as that label may be on this occasion.

Mind you, they are surely underdogs with very realistic hopes of being in contention to win this All-Ireland crown. Glen are favourites with most observers. That’s based on their momentum over recent seasons, last year’s valiant title bid (Glen losing in the final), and the fact that they accounted for defending All-Ireland champions Kilmacud Crokes in the recent semi-final.

St Brigid’s, however, have a huge amount going for them entering Sunday’s final. The glow of their wins over Corofin and Castlehaven shines brightly. They were more workmanlike against Boyle and Mohill, but there is a blend within their ranks of youthful exuberance, experience, flair and tenacity that is very impressive.

St Brigid’s might need to score two goals – that and produce their finest display of the season – to be within sight of glory approaching the final whistle on Sunday. Glen are justified favourites, but this St Brigid’s team are very real contenders, and they could surprise neutrals and win the title. It promises to be fascinating. I wish St Brigid’s every success as they endeavour to follow in the footsteps of their own heroes of 2013.