Fermanagh determined to turn potential into trophies
Lory Meagher Cup
When Sligo hammered Fermanagh in the last of the scheduled round-robin games in the Lory Meagher Cup last weekend, there were many who thought the result would render today's final of the competition between the same teams irrelevant.
But this would be to discount the fact that Fermanagh fielded a weakened side in that game and were consciously keeping their powder dry.
In addition, an overwhelming desire to win the trophy as a tribute to the memory of the late Shane Mulholland will prove far more effective than any motivational rhetoric that might be delivered.
For Fermanagh, this is D-Day in every sense. A county that has slumbered in the hurling shadows has suddenly emerged into the spotlight and to say the team is primed for battle would be to delve into understatement.
A towering collective spirit is complemented by a helping of individual skill and flair that could flourish in the open spaces of Croke Park.
The finishing skills of John Duffy, Kevin McGarry and Sean Corrigan in particular can potentially illuminate Headquarters on a day when passion will merge with emotion to provide a driving force.