McGrath going in for Kildare
Peter McGrath is no stranger to All Ireland glory and his appetite for success is still as sharp as ever.
That's one of the reasons why his Down side find themselves in the Cadbury's All Ireland Under 21 semi-final against Kildare at Navan tomorrow (5.00pm).
Another reason is the solid layer of skill contained within the side with players like Paul McComiskey, James Colgan and Brendan McKernan epitomising the new breed of talent. McGrath has considerable cause for optimism as his team approach their mission given their fine track record in Ulster and the experience which a number of his players have gained at senior level recently.
"Obviously at this level the pressure mounts but that's as it should be," observes McGrath.
Down looked particularly impressive in overcoming Derry in the Ulster final. On that occasion, their finishing and fluency were very much in vogue against a side that had been fancied by many to claim the title.
Kildare have suffered relegation from Division One of the National League and tomorrow's Under 21 semi-final will offer the county a chance to enjoy a helping of compensation for this setback.
The Lily Whites looked an accomplished side in landing the Leinster crown, never an easy trophy to win given the quality that normally surfaces overall.