Thursday, March 14, 2013
The Towns Cup

The Towns Cup

CILL DARA’S bid for Towns Cup glory continues this weekend when they meet Longford in round three at Beech Park.

The Kildare side fended off a late Gorey fight back in round two, with a determined 20-18 win over their Wexford rivals. Coach Enda Finn was delighted with courage and determination that his side showed to grind out a win against tough opponents.

“Any victory in the Cup is always good because the bottom line is it’s about winning so we are delighted with it. We were leading by nine points with about fifteen minutes to go so to pull it out of the fire showed a lot of resolve.”

Cill Dara’s reward for the win is a home tie against Longford, who knocked out holders Enniscorthy, on St Patrick’s Day. Finn is anticipating a closely fought encounter between two teams well aquainted with each other.

“We played them three times last year and they were all very tight matches, I think we won the three by an average of two points, that’s how close they were so we think it will be tight again this time around. They had a great win against Enniscorthy and they are a good side so it’s going to be a tough game,” he added.

Cill Dara have come close to victory in recent years but the Towns Cup is notoriously fiendish to win and fiercely competitive. Finn isn’t thinking beyond the Longford game but if they do successfully negotiate that hurdle, a huge obstacle to finally winning that elusive trophy remains.

“It’s a cliché but we are just looking at one game at a time. To win the Towns Cup you need luck in the draw and it is just so hard to win it. For a lot of lads in Cill Dara it’s like the holy grail. We have a chance this year but we are really only focused on Longford. Tullamore are still in it and they’ve won our league and the All-Ireland Junior Cup so to win it, you’re probably going to have to beat Tullamore and that’s a massive ask of any team at the moment because they are just outstanding,” he said.

With results improving in the second half of the season and players back from injury there is an air of anticipation and hope around Beech Park.

“We want to be playing rugby in March and April because that’s when the trophies are handed out. The win keeps us going with a spring in our step and we‘re delighted to still be playing rugby in the Spring. We’re hitting form at the right time so it’s all hands on deck for Longford.”

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