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John Miskella, Ballincollig scores a point under pressure from Castlehaven last season. Picture: Larry Cummins
John Miskella, Ballincollig scores a point under pressure from Castlehaven last season. Picture: Larry Cummins
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Miskella content with Ballincollig's progress but consistency will be key

THERE was a natural air of positivity in the Ballincollig camp following their emphatic 2-20 to 1-8 win over Carraigaline at Ballinspittle.

For stalwart John Miskella, who chipped in with five points from play, this game was all about getting the job done to reach the last eight of the SFC.

“Look first of all I have sympathy for the young guysof Carrigaline who played an U21 championship game on Thursday and one would have to say it was unfair on them playing again so soon,” said John Miskella.

The Ballincollig ace, now 39 and playing as well as ever despite retiring from Cork duty back in 2011, believes his side prepared well for the game.

“We prepared hard as we had a good break and I think from now on games are going to be coming thick and fast so we have to be in good shape,” added Miskella.

“The bottom line from now one bad performance and we will no longer be in the championship so I think we are fully focused on the job in hand.” 

The mid Cork side lost to Carbery Rangers in last year’s decider and Miskella is happy with the progression of the squad.

“I think maybe we are playing a little more to our strengths but we thought coming into the Valley Rovers game that we were going ok and they gave us a nice clipping in the first round so many lessons have been learned.” 

Getting consistency into the Ballincollig game is a priority according to Miskella.

“Our problem at times is getting more consistency as we blow hot and cold at times and when we are hot we are good but the cold side is not so good.”

Ballincollig's Cian Kiely jumps high to punch the ball away from Carrigaline's Billy Pope. Picture: Howard Crowdy
Ballincollig's Cian Kiely jumps high to punch the ball away from Carrigaline's Billy Pope. Picture: Howard Crowdy

The strength of championship this season is as tough as ever according to Miskella who believes many teams will fancy their chances of winning the title.

“Look there a number of clubs who will be vying for the title and when you look at the Barrs they are very much going to be a tough side to take down.

“Nemo and the champions Carbery Rangers are two very good sides so no matter who we play in the quarter-final it will be a tough task.” 

For manager Tom Dorgan the performance was satisfactory over the hour.

“We got the points required in the first half and overall were in control in a lot of areas but I have a list of mistakes that will need to be erased before our quarter-final,” said Tom Dorgan.

“I think for us to be successful we have to maximise the players we have and as you saw out there this evening we have some very capable scorers.

“Make no mistake we are not the finished article but when you are in a quarter final it’s about ticking the boxes and making sure the negatives are erased going forward.”