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ST MAUR'S will hope to finish their landmark season on a high when they meet Na Fianna in tonight's Dublin AFL 1 decider.

After claiming the Dublin Senior 'B' Football Championship title with a comprehensive victory over Round Tower Clondalkin late last month, the Rush club have put celebrations on hold as they hope to claim a noteworthy double.

That victory over Tower's highlighted the potency of the Maur's attack with Conor McGuire a constant threat while the versatile Ciarán Reddin proved a handful at full-forward before being redeployed at midfield to telling effect.

Their options were increased with the introduction of Vinny Whelan that evening and his subsequent inclusion from the start against Ballymun Kickhams last Sunday proved pivotal as Maur's recovered from a six-point deficit to prevail in that well-contested semi-final.

Na Fianna will also have benefitted from a competitive last-four encounter as they required extra-time to eventually get the better of St Brigid's by 3-18 to 3-16 last weekend.


The encouraging aspect of that victory was the spread of scorers that day, with Na Fianna able to register an imposing tally without too much emphasis placed on Conor McHugh for scores.

Of course, McHugh possessess sufficient talent and threat to win the game on his own but manager 'Pillar' Caffrey will hope that the influential contributions of Carl O'Connor, Paddy Quinn, Tomás Brady and Niall Copper are replicated from that semi-final success.

How they impose themselves on proceedings will depend largely on the defensive make-up of St Maur's with Eoin Flectcher, Sam McGuinness and Luke Fletcher all enjoying stellar campaigns to date.

Na Fianna's defence has not been so formidable and their aerial struggles against Eoghan O'Gara during their Dublin SFC second round loss to Templeogue Synge Street could prove instructive given the height and power that Whelan brings to the Maur's attack.

Having played in Russell Park as recently as last weekend shouldn't harm Na Fianna's chances but the momentum that their opponents enjoy at present might be enough to sway the tie in St Maur's favour, albeit by a narrow margin.

VERDICT: St Maur's