Vinny Corey urges Clontibret to quicken their pace
Long-serving Clontibret ace Vinny Corey is warning his side that a repetition of their poor start against St Gall's could have serious repercussions when they meet Slaughtneil in the Ulster club football championship semi-final tomorrow.
The Monaghan champions found themselves six points in arrears within the opening 10 minutes of their joust with the Antrim representatives and Corey believes that on another day his team might have been unable to make up the deficit.
Corey's leadership and work rate were instrumental in seeing Clontibret haul themselves off the ropes to eventually win by a one-point margin and now the midfield powerhouse believes that invaluable lessons should be absorbed from that experience.
"We couldn't get to the pace of St Gall's in the opening stages but once we dug in we went in three points down at half-time. We knew not to panic and we felt that if we settled even more after the break we might come good and that's what happened," points out Corey.
In Slaughtneil, his team will be coming up against an outfit that Cavan Gaels manager Peter Canavan, whose side lost to the Derry champions last Sunday, has described as "very physical" and which does not allow opponents to dwell on the ball.
In Chrissy McKaigue, Francis McEldowney, Karl McKaigue, Patsy Bradley and Gerald Bradley, they have players capable of setting the template for another fine performance. But along with Dessie Mone, Conor McManus and Conor Boyle, Corey helps to trigger the momentum that has kept Clontibret in the winners' enclosure this year to date.
"I honestly believe that we have leaders in every sector," insists Corey, "Different boys take responsibility at different times. If you didn't have that, then we would not have been able to make up deficits and win those recent close matches."
But Slaughtneil are also not short on inspirational figures. In this respect, Patsy Bradley is very much a figurehead - and guess who will be going head to head with Corey tomorrow!