Clann Eireann boss Kieran Robinson was full of praise for this team who were presented with the Division 2 trophy last Sunday following their one point win over Clan na Gael.
Robinson said, “The lads deserved this honour for their dedication throughout the season including our assistants, all the coaching staff, the teams supporters and the club committee.”
Before the Shore Road side received the cup long serving Clan na Gael player and official Noel O’Hagan was the first person on the pitch to congratulate the champions, considering Noel’s many successes with the Blues his good wishes were all the more appreciated by the winners.
Clann Eireann had already won the title before they travelled to Davitt Park last Sunday, but the fact that the sides look likely to clash again in the Championship in a fortnights time, should the Lake Street men overcome An Port Mor this weekend, had little relevance for Kieran Robinson.
“There is a lot of talk at the minute surrounding the possibility of a clash between us and the Clans in the Championship, the talk however certainly isn’t coming from our camp. If we look too far ahead we could be caught out, the lads will be told that in no uncertain terms this week at training”.
With Stefan Campbell expected to return for the Blues for any possible Intermediate Championship clash between the sides, Clann Eireann players will need no reminding of the uphill task they face between now and the end of the season, for the moment though Robinson who is certainly the Manager of the moment, praised the team of the moment Annaghmore who he says his side would like to emulate.
Kieran added, “Annaghmore would previously have been seen as one of the smallest clubs in the County, the sides win over Ballymacnab at the weekend would certainly be one of the big highlights of their history so far. That should show us (Clann Eireann) what can be achieved.”
The Clanns boss, who was part of the successful Armagh Minors management team which won the All Ireland back in 2009, is a native of Annaghmore and he had special praise for the work being done at his former club by Coach Gavin McGilly.
“Gavin in particular has done a fantastic job with the lads who were promoted to Division 1 a couple of seasons ago, but the fact that the team are holding their own in the first Division is some achievement.”
Last Sunday’s clash of the Clanns at Davitt Park was interrupted for a period due an injury to one of Clann Eireann’s young rising stars Jack Wilson who appeared to dislocate his shoulder, and Kieran Robinson on behalf of his players wished the player a speedy recovery. “Jack took an accidental hard knock to the shoulder, he is one of our many promising young players and we hope that his injury isn’t too serious and he recovers soon.”
Clanns boss Robinson is cautious approaching this weekends Championship clash against An Port Mor, the same team lowered the Lake Street sides colours in the league this season.
“Off course it would be in the back of our minds that they beat us the last time we met, but I feel we were unlucky to lose that particular game. At the weekend we will see where we are at the minute, if we have progressed enough to challenge for Championship honours. It is in that competition we will be judged.”