AN over reliance on the scoring of Ciaran Slevin could be an a Achilles Heel for Kilcormac/Killoughey according to their former manager.
John Leahy guided K/K to the final in 2007 where they lost to Birr and he is the current Offaly minor hurling manager.
Speaking to Midlands 103, Leahy said he believed that if their captain and talisman had an off day, Kilcormac/Killoughey could be in trouble.
“There’s an over reliance on Ciaran Slevin to a degree as he’s very involved in the play deep and is winning his own frees as well as scoring them. The two smallest men we had were the twin Geraghtys who were able to win some frees for him in the second half at Dr Cullen Park by running at the defence. Ciaran keeps coming up to the mark, on the one hand that’s a positive, but it’s a concern that he’s the only man performing really well consistently. The only other player to score against Mount Leinster Rangers was James Gorman and he went off with a hand injury, I’d be concerned if Ciaran Slevin was held or had a bad day on the frees.”
Leahy thinks that there are numerous similarities between the sides.
“My reading on it is that Rathdowney Errill line up very similar to Kilcormac Killoughey, a very strong back line, midfield is solid enough and in the forward line there’s potential to do damage but that doesn’t happen consistently enough.” He also thinks that Kilcormac/Killoughey are a second half team adding that it is important that they keep in touch at half-time. “Kilcormac Killoughey will be happy to play at O’Connor Park, they’ve played a lot of games there in recent years. Kilcormac Killoughey are maturing well and don’t seem to be panic and are a second half team. If they can hold Rathdowney Errill in the first half then they’d be confident to perform well in the second half but I’d be concerned if Rathdowney Errill can get a decent lead on them because this year Kilcormac Killoughey haven’t been in a position having to chase a game.” .
The game can be heard live this Sunday from 2pm on Midlands 103.