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Downes ready for "fantastic challenge"

14 December 2012

Tir Chonaill coach Kevin Downes is looking forward to the Dr Crokes game.

The London champions host the Kerry kingpins in an All-Ireland senior club football championship quarter-final at Ruislip on Sunday afternoon and Downes tells the Irish Times:

"There's a better quality of player across London at the moment. Our team has had a huge turnaround. In the first round against Fulham we'd 13 new starters.

"We would have finished our county final in October and would have no matches while the club we're playing is involved in the provincial championship.

"Sometimes it [the quarter-final] was played in January and that was a disaster for us because our players would go home at Christmas to every corner of Ireland and we wouldn't be able to train.

"It's a fantastic challenge, trying to improve."

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