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Saturday 25 May 2019

Vins can crush 'Boden's double dream

FINAL FRONTIER: St Vincent’s defender Ger Brennan. Photo: Sportsfile
FINAL FRONTIER: St Vincent’s defender Ger Brennan. Photo: Sportsfile

Both of these teams are recent, if not quite regular, top-flight league winners.

Vincent's last won the title in 2015, although for all their Championship success this decade, that was their first appearance in a final since 2007.

Ballyboden succeeded them as champions in 2016, their first AFL1 title since 2003 and given how their respective championship campaigns concluded, would obviously welcome some season-ending silverware.

Vincent's Dublin SFC three-in-a-row bid was ended emphatically by St Jude's in the county semi-final while 'Boden, despite dismantling Na Fianna in the quarter-final in the most impressive way, couldn't find a way past eventual champions, Kilmacud Crokes.

Boden are gunning for a league double here after their hurlers beat Na Fianna in last Sunday's AHL1 decider.

The year's most surprising hurling find, Collie Basquel, will be back to bolster Anthony Rainbow's attack, while Conal Keaney, Shane Durkin and Simon Lambert could also have some parts to play.

From is tricky to gauge.

It's over three weeks since Vincent's beat Cuala in their semi-final by 5-7 to 1-13 when Tomás Quinn (2), Gavin Burke, Seán Lambe and Seán Lowry - a Leaving Cert student in St. Aidan's - were the goal scorers.

As ever, Quinn and Ger Brennan have been influential, evidenced in their being given Dublin Bus/Herald Dubs Stars Awards for their performances this year.

Naturally, there will also be interest to see what role, if any, Diarmuid Connolly plays.

Ballyboden won by a two points when last these teams met in AFL action back in mid-June but Vincent's look the safer bet tonight.

VERDICT: St. Vincent's

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