Cuddy keeping cards close to his chest ahead of Kirk Cup final

Cookstown coach Stephen Cuddy.
Cookstown coach Stephen Cuddy.

Cookstown coach Stephen Cuddy is keeping his cards close to his chest as he ponders his tactical approach to Friday’s GOC Estate Agents Kirk Cup final clash with Banbridge.

Does he stick to the largely defensive strategy which worked so well in the surprise semi final win over Lisnagarvey or will he adopt a more gung-ho approach?

Well, we will just have to wait and see because, understandably, he is not in the mood to give too much away in the build up to the big game.

“We’ve a pretty good idea of how we will set ourselves up and we will finalise our plans after a video session during the week, but, sorry I am not telling you!” he smiled.

While he remains tight lipped on his tactical approach to the game, Cuddy, who will be aiming for his sixth winners’ medal as either a player or coach, is less reticent to talk about the magnitude of the task or occasion that lies ahead.

“Of course, people will make Bann favourites and understandably so - they have beaten us three times already this season haven’t they ?” he added.

“However we were also underdogs against Garvey in the semi final and look what happened.

“On the other hand, we were the favourites against Annadale a year ago at the same stage and we lost.

“And when we last won the Kirk Cup in 2012 we weren’t given much of a chance against Garvey and we beat them 3-1 so anything can happen.

“But whatever does happen, it’s going to be a fantastic occasion and we are hoping to extend our day with a celebration at Havelock Park on the night of the game.

“The Kirk Cup is a fabulous competition and it means a lot to the club and the players and coaching staff.

“We will just go out and play our own game and it won’t be simply be a case of trying to nullify Bann.”