By Damian Dolan.
Kilkenny’s footballers may be adding touch of spice to this year’s All Britain junior championship, but provincial pride will ensure that holders Lancashire and Co will be in no mood to allow the Cats to take the title across the water.
Whatever the merits of Kilkenny being removed from the National League, akin to a boxer’s corner throwing in the towel to save them further punishment, and thrown into the battle of Britain, the Cats are sure to add an intriguing dimension to this year’s tournament.
Just how well will they fair is the question being asked, and it falls upon Marty McManamon’s Hertfordshire to provide the answer, when they take on the Cats on Saturday at Sundon Park in Luton.
“Any team that travel from Ireland is going to create an effect,” said Hertfordshire manager Marty McManamon. “No matter what people say, Kilkenny have been playing senior football so you’d still reckon them to be a force.
“I’m expecting a good standard from them. We’ve heard they’ve prepared really well and the Kilkenny board have put a lot of effort into this. They’re not coming over to be a walkover – they’re coming over to make a stand.”
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