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Monday 18 December 2017

O'Callaghan: 'Next match' motto is key

Cian O’Callaghan. Photo by Matt Browne/Sportsfile
Cian O’Callaghan. Photo by Matt Browne/Sportsfile

Cuala have come a long way in 26 months. Rewind to October, 2015, on the cusp of a county final, when the zenith of their ambitions was to end a 21-year Dublin senior hurling championship famine, writes FRANK ROCHE.

Back then, Cian O'Callaghan wasn't thinking of Dublin three-in-a-rows, All-Ireland club coronation - or tomorrow's latest landmark challenge, to retain their Leinster crown.

"I mean that's kind of the dream, isn't it? When you set out three or four years ago and you've no experience at this level, and you don't really know what to expect," he said.

"But we take each game as it comes and that's what we've been doing well for the last three years. We've really focussed on the 'next match, next match, next match' … that's our motto."

It may have been a long journey to the summit; staying there requires a different type of stamina.

"We've been on the go now for 18 months, from the time you started in 2016," O'Callaghan added.

"So we've got a bit of experience. But Kilcormac have been there before, they were in the All-Ireland final four or five years ago. So they'll be a more seasoned team than St Martin's."

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