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Saturday 25 March 2017

Tullamore's experience of final hurdle to end Dundalk revenge hopes

Dundalk v Tullamore

Edenderry RFC, tomorrow, 3.30

THERE will be plenty of motivational factors at work in tomorrow afternoon's Towns Cup final at Edenderry.

The midlanders have been beaten in the past two finals by Boyne, but having finally overcome the Meath men in the semi-final, they now face a Dundalk side who they overcame the previous two seasons in the last four and who will be gunning for revenge.

Tullamore will want to do it for their coach Andy Melville, who is returning to New Zealand on Monday after 16 years in Ireland and three years at Spollanstown, where he guided the club to the 2009 All-Ireland Junior Cup.

In Dundalk, there is a longing to end the wait for a Towns Cup after 24 years without a success, and led by former Clongowes full-back Stephen McGee -- who kicked the Kildare school to Senior Cup victory in 2000 -- they have a formidable outfit.

Player-coach Ene Fa'atau will look to take the ball on up front, while out-half John Dodd will look to control the game.

Tullamore captain Adrian Hanley will look to carry the game to the Louth men, while full-back Mick Brazil -- who played Sigerson Cup football for UCD earlier this year -- is a promising back with plenty of menace.

Both sides will come to play, but the final experience should stand to Tullamore -- despite Dundalk's victory in an earlier meeting this season.

Verdict: Tullamore

Dundalk -- S McGee (capt); S Murphy, C Scully, MJ McKevitt, D Guest; J Dodd, J Williams; K Dorian, C McDonald, R Donnelly; D Fearon, B Cunningham; P Meegan, M Rowntree, E Fa'atau. Replacements: S Soraghan, R Nailor, K Fearon, S Mulligan, G Lynch.

Tullamore -- M Brazil; M Whelan, K Scally, I Scully, C Hughes; A Deverell, R Hughes; G Mollor, C Feighery, A Bracken; D Hanlon, I Deverell; C Cornally, Darragh Milne, A Hanley (capt). Replacements: K Browne, D Lowrey, Donal Milne, J Moloney, P Gardiner.

Ruaidhri O'Connor

Irish Independent

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