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Thursday 21 November 2019

Final experience of 'Boden to see them fend off Davis

Dublin SFC1 Final:  Ballyboden SE v Thomas Davis (Parnell Pk, Tomorrow, 4.0, Live TG4)

Ballyboden’s Michael Darragh Macauley
Ballyboden’s Michael Darragh Macauley

A massive crowd is expected in Donnycarney tomorrow as southside neighbours Ballyboden St Enda's and Thomas Davis look to finish their county campaigns on a winning note in a contest that could well prove tighter than many anticipate.

There is a degree of romance attached to this final with Thomas Davis competing in their first decider since their successful three-in-a-row of Dublin senior football championships were completed back in 1991.

Few would have anticipated them making this year's decider, especially given their presence in last year's secondary competition, but the momentum generated from winning the SFC2 title 12 months ago has served them well this year.

A difficult group that featured St Jude's, Raheny and St Oliver Plunkett's/Eoghan Ruadh has helped hone their competitive instincts and that have shown incremental progress all autumn, as witnessed by their knockout wins against Castleknock and last year's champions Kilmacud Crokes over the past three weeks.

Those wins reflected the positive mood around the camp and they certainly have players in the front eight that can cause problems for a 'Boden defence that has shown vulnerability at times this year.

Davis have plenty of experience to call upon in attack, through Ciarán Farrelly and Shane McGrath and they haven't proved overly reliant on any one player for scores with the likes of Brendan Kirby, Ryan Deegan and Eoin Kirby all chipping in with important scoring contributions.

Winning

With both Paul Hudson and Chris Sallier unavailable this year, the aforementioned quintet have more than made up for their absence and they could well post a winning tally if they manage to exert control around the middle third.

Of course, their opponents can call on plenty of experience and physicality of their own in that sector with Declan O'Mahony and Michael Darragh Macauley a proven partnership for many years while the talented Aran Waters can offer his aerial prowess when required.

His anticipated battle with Deegan could be worth the admission fee alone and if not, then watching the combination play of both Ryan and younger brother Colllie Basquel in the St Enda's attack is sure to get supporters off their seats.

Cian Murphy and Adam Fallon will have key roles in curbing their influence and they have the discipline and pace to do so.

However, 'Boden are a proven quantity at this stage and that trait should see them finish strongly to prevail by a tight enough margin.

VERDICT: Ballyboden St Enda's

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