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Yellowstone to stick to routine

Cup final day is special for all those who are involved - managers, players, officials and spectators. And next Sunday's Dalton Cup showdown promises to be no different.

Preparing for a final is something very familiar to Yellowstone Celtic manager Deco McCann and his assistant Anto Zambra who have been there done that.

This week they will be preparing their side for the big showdown with Inchicore Athletic at Tolka Park - not that they will be doing anything different than the normal week's training.

Yellowstone Celtic's last appearance in the Dalton Cup showdown was 21 years ago when both Deco and Anto played. Their side lost 2-0 to Drumfinn at Dalymount Park.

This time the location for the showdown is Tolka Park and the two amigos who have stepped up to management are hoping a change of venue will constitute a change of luck.

Yellowstone have played in Tolka before, defeating Hoganville in the Sheeran Cup decider a few seasons ago.

For Sunday's game Yellowstone won't be doing a whole lot different than their usual schedule. For them it's about keeping it all low key, as normal as possible; another week, another game.

O'Brien influence is rising up at Athletic

Inchicore Athletic will go into Sunday's final will a real chance of landing the silverware.

Under one of the more progressive young managers in Alan O'Brien they have emerged as a real force this season.

Alan O'Brien worked with the LFL's Oscar Traynor squad and he is someone who has a big interest in the new developments in coaching and how to get players to a high standard of fitness.

The type of tenacity and character in the Inchicore Athletic side is evident in the way they defeated Galty Celtic 4-3 in the semi-final in a match that flowed one way then the other. Defensively Inchicore Athletic give little away while in attack they have players who are well capable of translating opportunities into goals.

They go into Sunday's game as underdogs considering that Yellowstone have more experience of the big day.

Aldo a sure fire hit!

He was one of the great players of his era and when it came to putting the ball in the onion bag there were few to surpass John Aldridge.

The former Republic of Ireland and Liverpool striker is a good choice as the guest at the LFL's presentation at the Moran's Hotel on Saturday 8th June.

He will certainly be popular among the rank and file members of the LFL, especially those who recalls Aldridge's barnstorming displays in the green jersey.

And of course the event will present Aldridge and the LFL's Charlie O'Leary - an opportunity to look back on the good old days such as Euro '88 and Italia '90.

jimmy geoghegan