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Cuala capable of going one better and silencing Harps

SKERRIES HARPS and Cuala will be looking to make up for previous disappointments when they contest the Dublin Intermediate Football Championship Final at Parnell Park tomorrow afternoon.

The North County side are cast as perennial favourites for this title, given their Division 2 league status and the undoubted talent at their disposal, but have always found one team too good for them on the day.

A dogged St Jude's outfit were cast aside by 0-11 to 0-7 in O'Toole Park last Saturday, with Harry Dawson confirming the promise he demonstated with the Dublin minors last year and juniors this year with an impressive display in the forward line.



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Graham Cullen was also given some vital minutes when used from the bench last week, and should have more to offer tomorrow with primary possession crucial in what could be a low-scoring affair.

The Dalkey men needed a strong finish to eventually see off Scoil Uí Chonaill by 1-6 to 0-4 last Wednesday, with Paul Schutte's late goal confirming their final berth after a dour, scrappy encounter.

That win will give Cuala an opportunity to make up for their disappointing showing against St Brigid's in last year's decider, and there is sufficient talent at manager Derek Dunne's disposal to garner optimism of a more favourable conclusion tomorrow.

Their midfield of James Power and Ciarán Brosnan, brother of Kerry star Eoin, can be relied upon in the aerial exchanges, and their collective work during training in implementing turnovers has been a key part of their revival since their second-round loss to St Finian's of Swords.

A win for Skerries Harps would seal a wonderful year for Dublin captain Bryan Cullen, but it could be his All-Ireland colleague Michael Fitzsimons who is celebrating come tomorrow afternoon.

VERDICT: Cuala


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