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fate beckons For inchicorE

GRAHAM MARSHALL feels the weight of history sitting on his shoulders as he looks forward to the Dalton Cup final against local rivals Yellowstone Celtic.

The Inchicore Athletic skipper is a member of the famous footballing family which played a major role in the club's FAI Junior Cup success.

And, the glories of yesteryear are also a great incentive for himself and his team mates as he prepares to face a side that thumped his team five-nil in the first league match of the season.

Things have moved on since then and a 1-1 draw with Yellowstone are the only league points they have dropped all season.

Currently second to Yellowstone Celtic, the two sides are now quite familiar with each other and are also scheduled to meet in the semi-final of the Charlie O'Leary Cup.

"Yellowstone are a good side but I think there's gong to be very little between the two of us on the day," says Graham.

"We got caught cold the first time we met, but we're a different side now and it'll be on the day but we believe we can win. It'd be massive for the club. We have big plans for next season with a development team and hopefully we can also start a schoolboy side and if we could win the cup, it'd be a great boost for everyone involved with Inchicore. We have great support and people are prepared to come in and help and that's huge for the current players."

"There's a lot or pride in reaching the final. We lost last season but we're looking to make amends. We have a good name and we're looking to go and win," adds Greg who scored the winner against Galty in the semi-final where the team played with 10 men for 55 minutes.

"Alan O'Brien has come into the management structure and he's just a class act and he's really good with the players and then there's Dave McManus was with West Ham United and he's giving a big hand with the coaching and we're benefitting from the input of these guys. We'd love to pick up some silverware, it's going to take a really big performance to overcome Yellowstone but we can do it."

The Dalton Cup final will be played at Tolka Park this Sunday, May 12th at 3pm.

The LFL offers its deepest sympathy to Jimmy Geoghegan and family following the death of Jimmy's brother Cecil. May he rest in peace.