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Moy must be prepared to tough it out: Cavanagh

 

By John Campbell

In a glittering career, Sean Cavanagh has long since absorbed what he considers to be one of the most vital elements of gaelic football.

"The important thing is to learn how to close out games and secure results," opines Cavanagh, "And that's just what Moy have been doing for the best part of the last year. We have been stretched to the limit in a number of matches but managed to come out on the right side."

Little wonder, then, that Cavanagh believes a fusion of Moy's resilience, defiance and spirit will stand them in good stead against An Ghaeltacht in today's All-Ireland Intermediate club semi-final at Semple Stadium, Thurles (2.00).

The Ulster champions may have encountered difficulties against Rostrevor in the provincial final, but Cavanagh is adamant that their resolve can now stand them in good stead against the Kerry and Munster champions who are under the baton of former Kingdom defender Marc O Se.

"Sometimes you have to rely on a dogged performance to get you through but whatever it takes, hopefully we can deliver on it," says Cavanagh.

Along with brother Colm, he lends a seasoned edge to the Moy side with Harry Loughran, Tomás McNicholl, Thomas Conlon, Tom Loughran and skipper Eunan Deeney embellishing it with their pace and work ethic.

An Ghaeltacht will bring their own battery of luminaries to the table with Brian Ó Beaglaoich, Dara Ó Sé, P J MacLaimh, Colm Ó Muirheartaigh and Sean Ó Conchúir certain to be to the fore.

In the All-Ireland Intermediate club hurling championship semi-final, Armagh and Ulster champions Middletown face a difficult assignment against Cork and Munster title-holders Kanturk at Newbridge today (2.00).

Middletown manager Martin Curry will look to Ryan Gaffney, David Carvill, Nathan Curry, Cathal Carvill and Kieran McKernan to fire up his side.

And Donegal side Setanta can expect an equally demanding examination at the hands of Waterford outfit Ardmore in the All-Ireland Junior club hurling semi-final at Navan (2.00).

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