THE meeting of Boherbue and Thomas Davis makes for an outstanding decider to the All Ireland Ladies Club Junior Football Championship Final in Birr on Saturday.
It's all or nothing for either side that will ultimately decide what side is the best in the county at junior level. Both teams go in search for a first time national win, Boherbue and the Dubliners enjoying some great wins enroute. Cork sides hold a terrific record at this level, the groundwork laid by Rockchapel on taking a first time victory for the Rebel County in 1999 on overcoming St. Nathys from Sligo.
Thereafter Rockbán (2001), Gabriel Rangers(03), Mourneabbey (05) and Clonakility (09) have maintained a winning sequence that demonstrates the strength of club football in the county. Now it's the turn of Boherbue to put their best foot forward and they will need to be so to thwart Thomas Davis ambitions. Indeed it's been a contrasting run for the two finalists, Thomas Davis encountering few problems on brushing aside all opponents with remarkable ease.
That compares to Boherbue coming good at the end of close encounters, a key asset to a team cementing its best possible line up for an All Ireland final. From many of their games, Boherbue underlined their unwavering resolve and conviction to hold their nerve to deliver county and Munster accolades. To date, its been a rewarding journey, beginning with a triumph over Dohenys and a single point win over Glanworth.
Thereafter, Boherbue made light of the advances of Glanmire to progress into a county decider against Fermoy. A titanic struggle saw a draw emerge as an equitable result before a determined Boherbue effort swung the replay.
Into a Munster trail, Boherbue swept past Ardfinnan of Tipperary before staving off Scartiglen by the minimum of margins and sauntering past Stradbally in a one sided Munster final. And a display of substance made light of difficult conditions to overcome Donaghmoyne in Monaghan to an All Ireland semi-final.
Boherbue have done what has been asked of them up to now and they hold plenty of momentum going into a decider that is the biggest day in the club history. The same can be said of Thomas Davis, never troubled in any of their games enroute to landing a Leinster title and advancing past London and Connacht representatives in the All Ireland series.
The Leinster campaign began with a seven goal blast against Wexford outfit Crossabeg Ballymurn with big tallies recorded on Killucan (Westmeath), St. Vincents (Offaly) and St. Fortcherns (Carlow) to claim outright honours. Another impressive 4-16 scoreline came against Holloway Gaels away in London to an All Ireland quarter final before clearing the obstacle provided by Galway's Annaghdown. Interestingly, the lowest winning margin recorded by Thomas Davis is 13 points, hardly surprising after clocking up 18-112 in their last six games.
One matter of uncertainty is can Thomas Davis respond to tough questions asked of them.
Self belief to win close games has hardened Boherbue resolve and the expectations are the Cork champions are above that which Thomas Davis have encountered so far. That can be said for Boherbue too yet they possess a side of huge energy throughout the field. The Boher' side can boost of a solid base in defence and they will need to be at their best to clip their opposing forward division.
Elsewhere, Boherbue midfielders carry responsibility and the attack can get into scoring positions. Probably, Thomas Davis will wear the favourites tag yet no Cork side surrenders too easily at this level. That's been the hallmarks of a winning journey for Boherbue and provided everything detail falls into place, they are in with every chance of collecting outright accolades.