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Syls artillery too potent for Na Fianna

NA FIANNA will hope to atone for last year's final disappointment when they face St Sylvester's in tomorrow morning's Dublin Adult Football League Division 1 Final.

The Glasnevin men lost the 2011 decider to St Jude's after extra-time but there were positive signs in their semi-final away win over St Oliver Plunkett's/Eoghan Ruadh last Sunday morning that the cup could be headed to St Mobhi Road.

Defensively, Na Fianna were rock solid, restricting Plunkett's to just six points over the hour with the form of Niall McGovern and Enda Ledwith crucial to their collective frugality, while Niall Cooper impressed in the half-back line.

In what should be exacting conditions, the foraging talents of Jonny Cooper could well provide Na Fianna with a generous amount of possession for the likes of David Quinn and Adam Caffrey to translate into scores.

However, they will encounter a Sylvester's side that enter the contest full of confidence following their impressive 2-9 to 1-9 away win over county champions Ballymun Kickhams last weekend.

Goals from Micheál McCarthy and Gavin McArdle were the crucial scores for the Malahide men but it was the defensive efforts of Brian Sexton at full-back and Aidan Lawlor that helped Sylvester's withstand a late Ballymun comeback.

Pádraic Bracken was another to impress that day, providing a tireless outlet at centrefield and if he can replicate that display, then Dublin senior McCarthy and Louth veteran Darren Clarke have the sufficient nous and ability to post an impressive total.

Sylvester's enjoyed a comfortable 2-17 to 0-11 win over Na Fianna back in July and although that is highly unlikely to be repeated, they appear the more likely prospect given their greater attacking options.

Meanwhile, across the Liffey, Raheny travel to Clondalkin to face Round Tower's in the AFL2 Promotion play-off final buoyed by their emphatic semi-final win over Erin's Isle last Sunday. There is no doubting the talent at Ciarán Whelan's disposal but Tower's have enjoyed a more consistent league campaign and home advantage could well prove the deciding factor between these evenly matched sides.

VERDICT - Div 1 Final: St Sylvester's. Div 2 Promotion Final: Round Tower, Clondalkin


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