The Egan edge

‘We’ve improved, but we’ll still need to be at top of our game’ – Egan

Finbar Egan, who led Clann to a very impressive win in the 2021 senior decider, will be at the helm again as they aim to retain the title in Ballyforan on Saturday. Despite being the very strong favourites to prevail, Finbar is very cautious in the run-up to the final and says that his team are preparing for a searching test from the former champions.

“We might be favourites to win in some people’s eyes but I can definitely say that any time we play Kilbride it is never easy – and we are expecting the same this weekend. We have been training hard and we know what to expect”.

That said, Finbar says Clann have improved since last year’s title win, their first at senior level in 24 years.

“Yes, I think we have improved this year. We had a lot of players out last year through injury and other reasons, and a number of those players are back this year. That is a big boost. To add to that we won the Junior C title last year and that team will contest the Junior B final this weekend. It means that we have plenty of good players getting game time and who are ready to step up to the senior panel.

“We have a solid senior panel of 24 players and any of those would be able to slot into the starting 15 and not weaken the team at all, so that’s very positive. I’d say we have improved 20 to 25% this year”.

Egan says that they will have to be able to cope with Kilbride’s game plan on the day.

“Kilbride are very hard to break down. They have some excellent forwards and they transfer the ball quickly from defence to attack. In last year’s final Kilbride led by nine points at one stage and it was just that we got a run on them after that. We know that we will have to perform at the top of our game to win it”.