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Thursday 8 December 2016

Cuala look to put Leinster blues behind them

O’Tooles’ Peadar Carton
O’Tooles’ Peadar Carton

Cuala will hope to put the disappointment of last week's defeat to Oulart The-Ballagh behind them when they encounter O'Toole's in their Dublin Adult Hurling League Final at O'Toole Park at midday.

The Dalkey outfit failed to deliver a display in keeping with their talents last Sunday with today's clash offering the prospect of a positive ending to a campaign that has promised and delivered so much.

How they pick themselves up from that Leinster final loss will be key to this afternoon's encounter with the inclement weather offering another imponderable when evaluating both teams.

O'Toole's have been deprived competitive fare for a prolonged period after their championship ambitions were cut short after a Dublin SHC quarter-final replay defeat to Lucan Sarsfields back in October.

Lethargy

There was a collective lethargy associated to their play in both games against Sarsfields which would be a concern to team manager Joe Morris but they possess sufficient match-winners in the form of Peadar Carton, Niall Arthur and Andrew Morris to ensure they retain genuine ambitions of a successful afternoon.

The Larriers defence will be placed under massive pressure with the expected duel of Michael Carton and Colm Cronin on the 41 of the intriguing sub-plots to the day.

Cronin is one of the forwards that struggled somewhat against Oulart but his undoubted class and that of Mark Schutte, David Treacy, Sean Treacy and Con O'Callaghan gives Cuala the edge in an attacking sense.

That forward talent and the expected greater reserves of match fitness in contrast to a ring-rusty O'Toole's side should ensure a league and championship double in what could be Mattie Kenny's final match in charge.

Verdict: Cuala

Dublin A1HL1 final: Cuala v O'Toole's (O'Toole park, today 12.00)

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