Thursday 19 September 2019

Campbell can decide Railway destination

Armagh sharpshooter Stefan Campbell. Photo by Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile
Armagh sharpshooter Stefan Campbell. Photo by Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile
Michael Verney

Michael Verney

Connacht will be hoping to repeat their Railway Cup final victory over Ulster two years ago, the last time the competition was played, when they renew acquaintances in today's decider.

John Tobin's side blitzed pre-match favourites Ulster 2-19 to 1-7 on that occasion but they're unlikely to have similar dominance against the Railway Cup roll of honour leaders, who include Armagh sharpshooter Stefan Campbell and Tyrone's Peter Harte.

Ulster boss Pete McGrath was delighted with his side's application during their 3-17 to 1-15 defeat of Munster last weekend, and attackers like Connor McAliskey, Tomás Corrigan and Mark Bradley make them a potent force.

Connacht must nullify Ulster's towering midfield partnership of Eoin Donnelly and Charlie Vernon to prevail and it will be interesting to note whether Connacht persist with Keith Higgins and Enda Smith in the engine-room after their 2-17 to 1-18 semi-final win over Leinster.

Sligo's Niall Murphy hit 1-3 that day, ably assisted by Galway duo Damien Comer and Danny Cummins, and Roscommon's Ciaran Murtagh, and they'll need to be at their best again to cause an upset.

Verdict: Ulster

Connacht v Ulster, Carrick-On-Shannon, 2.0, P O'Sullivan (Kerry)

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