Tipperary under-21 Football Captain Jimmy Feehan said there is a positive mood in the camp ahead of their EirGrid Munster Quarter-Final encounter in Tralee on Wednesday night.
Feehan said that despite a “disjointed” pre-season, in the last two weeks "things have really started to come together with all players coming back into full training."
“We are all looking forward to the game and we will relish the challenge of going down to Tralee to take on Kerry in their back yard,” the Killenaule club man added.
Following poor results in the Peter McNulty Cup earlier in the year the Premier county were put into the shield where they were narrowly beaten in the final by Down.
However, the UCD student said that “while we’ve had a few disappointing results we've played well in parts in most games. So we’re taking the positives from all the games we've played so far.”
For Feehan personally, he called it a “privilege” to captain the squad and he doesn’t feel "any added pressure” on his own game as he believes the team will have “lots of leaders all over the field.”
Feehan was an integral part of the historic under-21 team of last year who won a Munster title before going on to reach an All-Ireland final captained by Colin O’Riordan, who now has gone down under to try his hand at AFL with the Sydney Swans.
“Colin gone is obviously a big loss, but that gives an opportunity for another player to make his mark. So we won't have Colin's absence as an excuse for not performing” O’Riordan’s successor Feehan said
As for Wednesday it’s all or nothing for both Tipperary and Kerry, such is the straight-knockout system of the under-21 inter-county grade.
The Tipperary captain however, sees the bright side in this system and said that he relishes knockout games as there is "always pressure to win but it's a great way to get you in the right mind-set for the game."
“It really brings out the best of performances and players, as players realise that if they don't win on the given night, that's it for the year and it could be an awful long time before they could get another chance to put on their county jersey again.”
Kerry will play Tipperary in the EirGrid GAA Football Under 21 Munster Championship Quarter-Final on Wednesday March 9th at 7:30pm in Austin Stack Park Tralee.