SPORT — 21 January 2014

By Damian Dolan.

Stan Murray-Hession has warned his Fullen Gaels side that they will need to reproduce the same level of character they showed in their quarter-final win over Offaly and Leinster champions Ballinamere if they are overcome Antrim’s Creggan Kickhams on Sunday at Páirc Esler, Newry, and secure a return to Croke Park.

The Manchester club came out on top in a war attrition at Pairc Na hEireann last month and now just 60 minutes separates them from a second consecutive Croker appearance, after reaching last year’s final only to lose out to Kilkenny’s Thomastown.

“I was immensely proud of our collective performance on the day, which I thought was absolutely magnificent,” said Murray-Hession. “The character that this group has shown has been fantastic but that counts for nothing on Sunday, we start at zero again.

“What we do know is what we have in us and it’s about bringing that out and performing on the day, and if we do we’ll give ourselves a very good chance against a team that’s relatively unknown.

“We have delivered a couple of character filled performances without them being necessarily spectacular hurling performances, but when the chips were down we dug in together to get a result, which was immensely satisfying. It would make you proud to be part of it.

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