Rathnew 1-13 St Vincent’s (Dublin) 1-9
After their brilliant win over St. Vincent’s (Dublin), Leighton Glynn (capt) remains optimistic that Rathnew are set for the Leinster Final.
Speaking about the match against St. Vincent’s, he says “we weren’t too nervous, we were just trying to concentrate on our own game, focusing on our own strengths.” He adds that there wasn’t much could be changed in the two weeks since their match with Newtown Blues (Louth).
However, getting their hands on a copy of Vincent’s Dublin Final was a huge help.
The Village started the match without the help of Nicky Mernagh and Jody Merrigan, but Leighton says that “the boys that stepped in, Danny Staunton and Stephen Byrne, were excellent.”
Going into the second half one point ahead – though the odds in the bookies were stacked against Rathnew before the match – Leighton says: “we knew it was still going to be savage effort to win even though we were a point ahead. We were calm enough in the dressing room, we were in the position we were hoping to be in.”
In saying that, it’s important to “take nothing for granted and keep driving on.”
The semi-final sees Rathnew facing Kildare champions Moorefield in Aughrim in just under two weeks which Leighton notes is another home advantage.
Obviously, the team hope to make it to the final and further, but for the moment it’s “one game at a time. All you can do is get yourself into a final and anything’s possible, but we’ve a massive game against Moorefield.”
“The aim after winning the County Final was to get into a Leinster Final and we’re still on the road to get there. It’s still possible.”
As Leighton says: “still playing football in the middle of November is a good sign.”
Rathnew face Moorefield in Aughrim on November 26th at 2pm.