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Blooming Lilies to trouble Tribes


(Salthill, Tomorrow, 2.30, Deferred TG4)

THE simplest equation of all in a muddled final day of Division 2 action takes place in Salthill tomorrow: to the winner goes the spoils.

The second promotion place will be decided in Pearse Stadium alone between a Kildare side rapidly changing through the gears and a Galway team slowly gaining traction.

A draw would also send Kildare up and after four years stuck in the second tier you would have to presume Kieran McGeeney would prefer consistent clashes with the likes of Dublin, Kerry and Cork well before the summer blooms.

Form would dictate that Kildare will move up. After some oddly shaky early-season displays, they have been comprehensive winners in each of their last four matches and have found that goal-scoring touch which had eluded them in January/February.

They have a strong squad, an effective system and all the pace and power to kick on from their August disappointments of the past four seasons.

Eamon Callaghan has been ruled out while there are also doubts over a handful of others but McGeeney has harvested a wide enough selection to adequately compensate.

For Galway's part, Alan Mulholland's public musings over whether or not they are ready to join Division 1 can be dismissed as hoopla. They have a chance -- a good one -- and they have yet to produce a bad performance in their six matches in the League.

Padraic Joyce's return tends to prompt an instantaneous improvement each year and so it has been in recent weeks. But if Kildare come even close to the top end of their potential tomorrow, they're up.

ODDS: Galway 15/8, Draw 15/2, Kildare 8/15

VERDICT: Kildare