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Saturday 16 December 2017

Na Fianna firepower 'Cud be key

Glasnevin attack ready to conquer Kilmacud in final

Na FIANNA will hope to atone for last season's disappointment when they face Kilmacud Crokes in the (2011) Dublin Under 21 'A' Football Championship final at Parnell Park tomorrow evening (7.30).

The Mobhi Road men experienced a frustrating loss to Lucan Sarsfields in the 2010 final but have given themselves a wonderful opportunity to exorcise those demons after fine wins over St Vincent's and Ballyboden St Enda's en route to the final.

A key to their progress to date has been the success of the defence in restricting their opponents to meagre totals with only five and eight scores conceded in respective wins at the quarter-final and semi-final stage.

Na Fianna's composure and organisation skills were very much in evidence as 'Boden threatened to mount a second half comeback but the likes of John Kelly and Niall McGovern showed all the qualities associated with a side managed by Philip McElwee, seeing the game out effectively. Their midfield has performed well throughout with Barry Boland excelling in the semi-final.

There is plenty of scoring power throughout the attack with the likes of Adam Caffrey, Senan Coughlan, Jack Caffrey and the explosive Conor McHugh, who has revelled in the inside-forward line.

Kilmacud's task is not made any easier by the absence of competitive football since their semi-final win over St Oliver Plunkett's almost two months ago, but their displays in making the final ensure them a huge chance tomorrow.

Much of the scoring onus has rested on the sublime talents of Paul Mannion, with the Dublin minor from last year scoring 1-9 in their comprehensive wins over Lucan Sarsfields and Plunkett's to date.

Brian Hanamy, who recently declared for Offaly, and Dublin senior, Craig Dias, will ensure that plenty of ball should find its way to Mannion and his Dublin colleague David Campbell, while defensively Crokes have been generally sound with full-back Eoin Culligan impressing heretofore.

There is plenty of talent with the Kilmacud ranks but their relative youth at this level could be exposed by a more seasoned Na Fianna side, who look likely to make up for their 2010 disappointment with a narrow victory.

Verdict: NA FIANNA

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