Sunday 19 January 2020

Parnell's are on a good pathway

Young team are showing promise of climbing back up the stairs

Stephen Cluxton is an inspiration to the young Parnell’s players
Stephen Cluxton is an inspiration to the young Parnell’s players

Things are bubbling again in Coolock. The Parnell's renaissance has been gathering steam.

The club are doing well in Division 3 of the Adult Football League. Playing good football. Picking up the points.

Manager, Jimmy McGrane, is pleased with the commitment of all in the village.

"We have big numbers at training, and the lads are working hard. They are fit, and they are getting their reward on the pitch.

"We have plenty of young lads in the squad, and there's a nice blend there with the more experienced fellas.

"The club had a few barren years there, but we are trying to build again, and so far so good.

"It will take time, but the main thing is that we are on the right path, and there's a great spirit in the panel."

Parnell's have a solid management structure. Among the mentors is Stephen Cluxton, Ireland's number one.

"Stephen has been a big help. He's brilliant at encouraging the young lads. They look up to him so much," states Jimmy.

"And it's great for a chap of his calibre to be giving his time. Especially with all his Dublin commitments, but he still makes the time to be down with us.

"It's such a big boost having someone like Stephen involved. All the players know how hard he works on his own game, and that is rubbing off on them."

Jimmy also commends the work of his fellow mentors, Ger Manning, Mark Fitzpatrick, Ger Power, Paul Rigney, and John Peyton. "Also Stephen Harvey, our kit man, who we couldn't do without.

"We have a terrific group of dedicated mentors and it's all working out well," he says.

They are all using their knowledge, striving hard to instil good habits in the players.

"We are trying to play the right way. To do the right things in the game," notes Jimmy.

"Aspects like seeing the game out. Playing with intelligence. Not giving the ball away.

"If we are in control of a game, we want to stay in control. And we do that by not giving away possession when we don't have to by kicking in balls and hoping for the best.

"We want to be patient and work the score. And, in fairness, the lads are really putting in a great effort.

"They have been playing excellent football. It's a very competitive league. There's many quality sides in it."

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