Finn Has Tremendous Respect For Knocknaheeny Celticby Cork Sports News November 21, 2019
Kanturk welcome AUL Premier League leaders, Knocknaheeny Celtic to town this weekend in an all-premier clash in the second round of the AOH Cup.
Their captain, Damien Finn is looking forward to testing themselves against the best.
“It’s a big game for us, no doubt about that.
“Knocknaheeny are a side we have tremendous respect for, they have enjoyed a lot of success and have set the standard in recent seasons.
“Saturday gives us a great opportunity to test ourselves against them and these are the games you want to play in as a player, we’re all looking forward to it.
“I think it will be a tight affair, both teams are used to limiting chances for the opposition (Knocknaheeny had the best defensive record in the Premier Division last year and we had the best defensive record in the Premier A Division) so it may come down who can be more clinical with the chances that do come their way on the day,” said Finn.
Kanturk are new to the division having won Premier A last season in convincing fashion and they have acquitted themselves well in the top flight.
“We have started well in the Premier League gaining maximum points from our opening two games but we know there’s a long season ahead of us.
“All the teams at this level have quality players so a lot of games will come down to attitude and who has that bit more desire on the day.
“It’s great for Kanturk to be back in the Premier League.
“We’re a club with over 250 juvenile members and its great to have a thriving junior team playing at this level that these guys can look up to and think that they would like to be part of that some day,” commented Damien.
Finn is another one of these club stalwarts that has been there and done the lot and he is even more hopeful that the current group can bring more success to the club.
“On a personal note I’ve played with Kanturk all of my life, wearing numerous hats along they way.
“I’ve played every outfield position for Kanturk over the years, enjoying seasons as a full back, to a box to box midfielder, to a goal shy centre forward, back to a midfielder and I now find myself at centre half for the last few years.
“The next move will probably see me out on the sideline beside manager, Johnny Lynch.
“I’ve enjoyed some success along the way winning the first division in 2014/15 and then captaining the side last year to the Premier A Division.
“I’m excited for the future, this current team I am part of is the most talented I have ever been a part of.
“I think if we can keep working hard, keep up the great numbers we currently have then we are capable of achieving more success,” concluded Damien.
Kanturk captain, Damien Finn was speaking to Paul Hogan for Cork Sports News ahead of their big cup tie with Knocknaheeny Celtic this weekend.