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Wednesday 20 November 2019

Cuala prepare for coronation

Con O'Callaghan
Con O'Callaghan

It will be a sea of red and white in Parnell Park next Sunday afternoon as Cuala and St Brigid's lock horns for the honour of becoming the Dublin Senior 'A' Hurling Championship winners for 2019.

Both teams dazzled last Sunday week when securing their final berths, with Brigid's scoring two goals in quick succession through Cian O'Sullivan and Paul Winters to see off Craobh Chiaráin by 2-17 to 1-13.

It proved similarly comfortable for Cuala as they eased past St Vincent's by 3-21 to 1-16 in their semi-final, with goals from Seán Treacy, Mark Schutte and Colm Cronin proving too much for the Marino outfit.

"Cuala have some exceptional forwards and I think the key to them winning on Sunday lies up front," said former Dublin Under-21 manager Séan Lane.

"If you look at the St Vincent's match and take away the early goal that they conceded, they managed to outscore their opponents by 2-13 to 0-6 in just 30 minutes of hurling.

"They have four or five forwards that could easily be lining out for Dublin if playing at peak form. And you look at Con O'Callaghan the last day, while not playing his best game ever, he still left the field with five points from play.

"To prevent those forwards from racking up a massive score, St Brigid's are going to have to work harder than they ever have.

"They are in the final on merit, having beaten some strong teams on the way, and I think they'll keep it tight initially.

"But it's hard to see Cuala not breaking through eventually given the proven quality that they have in attack," he said.

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