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Boyle looking to defy the odds

15 January 2009

Tir Chonaill Gaels captain Stephen Boyle is hoping that his side can learn for their past experiences of defeat at the All-Ireland club quarter-final stage and spring a massive upset against Corofin this Sunday.

The Derry native, who lines out for the Gaels at half-back, believes that his side have prepared just right for this weekend’s clash with the Galway champions and hopes that his side can this year taste All-Ireland success at the 12th time of asking.

"To be honest I think our chances are very good," said Boyle. "We’ve prepared as best we can and we know we’re going to be hard to beat."

Boyle looks back at last year’s defeat to Crossmaglen as a reminder of what could have been, after a proud display against the Ulster kingpins, and thinks that the London champions have since improved from their elimination last year.

"After Crossmaglen we knew there were a number of areas we had to look at," he admitted. "We’ve stepped up the preparation before, during and after matches. Also, the level of football in London at the moment is very good, the best since I arrived and that can only be a good thing for us.

"Corofin have some lovely footballers at the back, and if we stand off any of their players they’re capable of tearing us to pieces. We can’t give them any time or space," he added.

So what will be the game plan for Tir Chonaill Gaels this Sunday at Ruislip?

"Our gameplan on Sunday will involve a lot of running, between us running at them and unselfish running from the forwards.

"We’ve come so close in recent years. The law of averages say it has to happen some time. Let’s hope it does on Sunday."

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