Fianna homing in on Kilmacud
WITH their 'A' team otherwise engaged across the Liffey, Na Fianna will hope to land the first leg of an illustrious double when they encounter Kilmacud Crokes in the Dublin under-21 'D' Football Championship final at St Mobhi Road on Saturday afternoon (2.15).
The hosts have put together a string of impressive results en route to the final with wins over Cuala and St Brigid's preceding an emphatic 1-14 to 1-2 win over St Sylvester's in their semi-final.
Paul Downes and Seán Fitzgerald have provided a wealth of possession from centrefield and behind them full-back Alan Fitzgerald and wing-back Mark O'Dea have generally kept things tight in defence.
At the opposite end, Colm Ryan, James Higgins, Thomas Connell, Gareth Ryan and Dublin minor panellist of last year Neil Flannery, have shared the scoring honours for team manager Paddy Quinn, who expects a testing examination from Kilmacud.
"I genuinely believe that Crokes will be a step or two above any of the opponents that we have encountered up to now and losing Seán Burke to the 'A' team is a loss for us," said Quinn.
"We're hoping a decent crowd can come down to help us home."
VERDICT: Na Fianna
ST MARGARET'S will enjoy home advantage when they face Good Counsel in the Dublin under-21 'E' Football Championship final this Saturday afternoon (2.15).
Both sides are heavily populated with current minors with the hosts relying on talented attacking players such as Conor Sutton and Shane Sutton alongside David Patton and midfielder John Colgan to overcome Clann Mhuire at the semi-final stage.
Their defence only conceded 1-4 that day with the efforts of Mark Thomas, Paul Fox, Robbie Wade and Tony Stritch crucial to their win and they'll need to replicate that form to contain a Counsel forward line that excelled in their wins over both Ballyboughal and Craobh Chiaráin.
Dual players Ben Quinn and Alex Quinn in addition to Daragh Ryan have shone in attack for John O'Brien's team while Marley Lawson has been a revelation at corner-back and the returning Shane Williams has shown great leadership in the matches to date.
"I know it's not the highest grade to be playing but we're hoping for a huge crowd to turn up on the day and hopefully their support will be a huge factor on the day," offered Margaret's manager Ivan Sutton.
VERDICT: Good Counsel