FINGALLIANS and Cuala square off in what is a mouth-watering affair in the Dublin IFC final this Saturday in Parnell Park (6.0).
The teams are coming from very different places in terms of their recent history. Fingallians will be hoping to bounce back to the senior ranks at the first time of asking after their relegation last season.
Cuala, on the other hand, are attempting to make it third time lucky having suffered agonising defeats in the last two intermediate finals, losing out to St Brigid's in 2010 and Skerries the following year.
A big worry for the Dalkey men will be the mental state of their dual stars -- the likes of the Schutte and Gough brothers along with David Treacy were part of the hurling side that lost out to Kilmacud Crokes in the senior decider on Sunday.
If they are to overcome Fingallians, they will need those players in top form.
The Dalkey men were most impressive in dismantling a highly-rated Na Fianna side in the semi-final. The Glasnevin men are a young and hungry side and are near certainties to gain promotion to AFL 2 but they were blitzed by Cuala's direct football (2-14 to 0-8).
Fingallians semi was much less straightforward. They needed extra-time to see off St Pat's, Donabate in a terrific game, 1-18 to 1-12. They came back from the dead in normal time before a Donal Farrell goal late in extra-time all but sealed their win. In Farrell and Gary Donnelly, they have plenty of firepower, while captain and midfielder Danny Campion is inspirational.
And there is little doubting their star turn. Paul Flynn (pictured above) has developed into one of the finest footballers in the country. He may just prove the difference. Fingallians to edge it.