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No chance of the double for Dunloy

ALL-IRELAND CLUB SHC SEMI-FINAL

PORTUMNA (Galway) v DUNLOY (Antrim)

(Parnell Pk, Tomorrow 2.30, deferred TG4)

FOR those few misguided souls and/or blindly optimistic Dunloy diehards who believe the impossible can happen tomorrow, there is only one real reference point: the 2004 All-Ireland semi-final.

Back then, against the odds, the Antrim champions stunned Portumna by 2-13 to 2-10 in Clones. Who says lightning can't strike twice?

Every single neutral commentator, that's who. Not to mention the bookies, who have priced Portumna at a prohibitive 1/100.

It's all very logical really. Six years ago the Galway champions were appearing in their first national semi-final. Since then they have amassed three All-Ireland titles and are now on the cusp of further history, chasing a third consecutive AIB club crown -- a feat never previously achieved by anyone.



WEAKNESSES

Their 'Little and Large' partnership of Damien Hayes and Joe Canning ranks as the deadliest scoring duo in club hurling. As a team they have few if any weaknesses. On their day, in fact, you could easily see Portumna being seriously competitive against a raft of decent-standard county teams.

So then, Dunloy on the double then? More like a double-digit defeat, we're afraid.

ODDS: Portumna 1/100, Draw 25/1, Dunloy 14/1

VERDICT: Portumna


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