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Na Fianna need to dig deep to conquer Carnacon

TESCO ALL-IRELAND LADIES SFC FINAL Na Fianna v Carnacon(Ballymahon, Longford, Tomorrow 2.0)

IT'S the first time for Na Fianna to walk down the aisle. The Mayo maestros are three-time All-Ireland champs.

They boast vast experience. But the Dubliners won't be found wanting on the big stage.

The Mobhi Minstrels collected their second Dublin crown this summer. Then they secured Leinster gold for the first time.

They showed deep desire to overcome Sarsfields in Kildare to lift the Leinster chalice, and they battled well to overcome the crack Cork side, Donoughmore, in the semi-final in Glasnevin.

Na Fianna are, by far, the strongest side in the capital, and they possess diamonds in Lorraine O'Sullivan, Sarah Quinn and Laura Walsh.

Mary Nevin's guile will be important, and there's aces like Bernie Finlay, Orlagh Egan and Ciara McDermott.

The contribution of Arlene Cushen and the O'Donnells, Alma and Bronagh, could also be telling against the team that earned their 12th Mayo title this season, and their sixth on the trot.

Cora Staunton is their iconic figure. She is one of the finest footballers that ever laced up a pair of boots. And there's no sign of the desire or class fading.

Cora is surrounded by some quality personnel like Noelle Tierney, Sharon McGing, Aoife Loftus, Claire Egan, Martha Carter and Fiona McHale.

The Connacht champions edged past Monaghan's Donaghamoyne by a point in the All-Ireland semi-final final following wins against St Brendan's (Galway), St Patrick's (Leitrim) and St Brigid's (Roscommon) in the provincial final.

The Dubs' campaign included victories over Killoe (Longford) and Leixlip (Kildare) after defeating Ballyboden St Enda's in the county final.

Boden (twice) are the only Dublin winners of club All-Ireland gold. Na Fianna would love to follow their foot-steps. It won't be from a lack of effort.

VERDICT: Na Fianna