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Pat's 'raring to go' at Celts

After 10 months and close on 40 games each, St Pat's CY and Wayside Celtic will finally bring the season to a close tomorrow morning in the first ever Herald-sponsored Metropolitan Cup final at Whitehall.

The 11 o'clock kick-off and the early June date gives a certain novelty factor to this game, but with one of the most prestigious trophies in Irish football up for grabs, the novelty will soon wear off.

Tomorrow will be the fifth time this pair has clashed this season.

Wayside hold sway having won three out of the previous four, while the Saints' only win came in the FAI Intermediate Cup in October.

Peter Lennon's side has already lost a cup final this season and the Celts boss revealed: "Usually you would have to wait a year or more after a cup final defeat, but we have only to wait two weeks to get the chance to get it out of our system.

"Ray Whelehan is out as he is on holidays, but it is more or less the same squad from the Cahill Cup final," said Peter Lennon.

CY boss Ed Saul does have a few selection headaches as injuries continue to take their toll. He said: "Andy Doolin and Thomas Dunne will have late fitness tests, but Paul Healy (ankle) is definitely out as are Dean Young, James Mooney and Mark Roche.

"We will be raring to go. We will enjoy the moment, enjoy the game and hopefully win the game.

"Wayside are tough team to beat and they will be hurt after the other cup final defeat."

This is not the first time these two have met in a final, either. Two years ago Wayside lifted the Ryan Cup thanks to a controversial and heartbreaking late winner.

That heartbreak hasn't been forgotten in Ringsend. Tomorrow is their chance to right that 'wrong'.

Routes to the Final

ST PAT'S CY

With a bye in the first round to help them along, the Saints got the better of Newbridge Town by five goals to three in the second round. Drumcondra were shown the exit door in the last eight, before a heroic victory over Cherry Orchard in the semi-finals by two goals to one with only nine men.

WAYSIDE CELTIC

The Celts have been in impressive goalscoring form on the way to the final, netting 17 times in four outings. Both Belgrove/Home Farm and Firhouse/Clover were sent packing by the same 4-2 scoreline. Verona were hit for six in the quarter-finals before Bangor Celtic were dispatched by 3-1 in the last four.


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