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“There is huge expectation and pressure” — Anthony Cunningham on Turloughmore v St Thomas’

Anthony Cunningham analyses the clash of his native St Thomas’ and Turloughmore, and previews Moycullen v Mountbellew-Moylough

Former Galway hurling and current Roscommon boss Anthony Cunningham analyses the clash of his native St Thomas’ and Turloughmore in the county final, would love to see a club All-Ireland, and previews Moycullen v Mountbellew-Moylough in the football decider.

Anthony Cunningham insists that there is major pressure on Turloughmore to deliver in Sunday’s county final clash with St Thomas’.

The former Galway hurling and current Roscommon football boss is a native of the latter club, and says there is a huge amount riding on this decider.

St Thomas’ are chasing a three-in-a-row — last achieved by Portumna from 2007-09 — while Turlough’ have not hoisted the title since 1985.

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In fact, it is their first final appearance in 30 years, meaning the experience and know-how should be with the men in red and blue.

“It’s hard enough to weigh it up,” says Cunningham, before adding of his native side. “Experienced, definitely.

“They’re a very even team so if someone has an off-day, someone always stands up.

“I think they can get scores very easily as everybody is able to score.

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“Whereas tie down Conor Walsh, Turloughmore might find it a small bit… if they’re relying on Daithi Burke to come up and score or create, it might be a little bit tougher.

“Balance that with hunger, and also that there is pressure on Turlough’ to deliver.

“There is huge expectation and they have been trying so hard for so many years.

“They have thrown everything at getting to where they are on Sunday, everything they have won from underage right and all the work has been targeted to Sunday to winning a senior title.

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“So there is pressure on. Whereas St Thomas’ are well able to handle that.”

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