There are super Saturdays and then there is this Saturday and the 21's hope to do our part in making this a special day in Lansdowne FC's history. Only 2 seasons on from gaining promotion to the top flight under Willie Clancy & Stephen O'Connor, the senior team have the opportunity to wrap up the league and create their own bit of history under the watchful eye of Mike Ruddock. Best of luck to Captain Ross McCarron and his team in what will hopefully be a special and proud day for the McCarron and the greater Lansdowne family. We also shamelessly are proud of the 21 set up that has contributed approx 70% of the squad hoping to lift the trophy tomorrow and thank the club or their continuing support of a vital cog in the Lansdowne wheel.
Following last weeks quarter final win against Garryowen (report on website,) we head to our beloved neighbours Old Belvedere for an All Ireland semi final on Saturday afternoon for a 4.30pm KO in what promises to be a mouth watering encounter. Needless to say their is no love lost between the teams but their is a mutual respect for each other hidden away there somewhere. Belvo came away with a 28-14 victory over Young Munster last Saturday to reach this weeks semi final and in some strange IRFU logic, although finishing above both teams in the league we travel away to Anglesea Road with sights firmly set on the job at hand. We have had a slight advantage over Belvo in our last two league occasions which will mean nothing on Saturday as Belvo will have the home crowd still around after their AIL game v Mary's to roar them on and will be hell bent on preventing us beating them 3 times in one season.
Training has been good all week and although still a bit lite in one or two key positions we have a strong squad this week and even had a couple of selection dilemmas this week for the first time in a long time which led to disappointment for a few lads who have played their heart out all year and got us this far. The lads stepping in realise the standard they need to step up to and the performance needed to justify their selection. We go into the game confident but by no means cocky and hopefully there might be a sponsored Hot whiskey/port walk from Lansdowne to Anglesea Road after the senior game to cheer on the 21's and not let the Belvo lads do all the shouting!!
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