A YEAR is a long time when you're down and out, but this Saturday's IFC final at Parnell Park offers Fingallians and Cuala a big shot at redemption.
For Fingallians 2012 was a particularly hard pill to sawllow as they lost their senior championship status to St Mark's, something that manager Alan Hanrahan remembers all too vividly. 'The scene in the dressing-room afterwards in O'Toole Park was awful and it's a place I never want to re-visit again,' he recalls. There was also defeat in the league promotion final to O'Tooles and 12 months on, Fingallians find themselves in a relegation battle. Opponents Cuala however know all about heartbreak too.
They were minutes away from wiping out the memory of the 2010 championship defeat to St Brigids when Skerries Harps laid a late siege on their goal in last year's decider. The rest is history, as Mark Boylan's late goal combined with a last gasp Harry Dawson free consigned the Dalkey men to another defeat. Last Sunday saw their loyal supporters witnessed their hurlers suffering a defeat to Crokes in the Senior A Hurling Final and one feels that a fourth final defeat for a relatively small community might be just too much to endure. Swords' population combined with the clubs tradition however means that there will be some pressure on Fins to make the quick return up to the senior championship. The route to the final hasn't been an easy one with neigbours St Finians inflicting a first round