Wednesday 22 January 2020

Hills banking on 'magical effect' in cup final

The Hills, Irish Senior Cup winners in 2012, are the only team standing in the way of Clontarf retaining the trophy. Picture credit: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE
The Hills, Irish Senior Cup winners in 2012, are the only team standing in the way of Clontarf retaining the trophy. Picture credit: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE

Cricket: Only once in the previous 32 years of the Irish Senior Cup have the holders retained the trophy, but Clontarf will today try to emulate North County's feat in 2008 on their home pitch (11.0).

Standing in their way are the 2012 winners, The Hills, who already won this season at today's venue.

Just 19 days ago, The Hills avenged their earlier league defeat with a 30 runs win over Clontarf and after winning at NCU cup specialists North Down in the semi-final last Sunday, the Skerries side will make the journey with increased confidence.

Manager Willie Dwyer said: "The Irish Senior Cup has a magical effect on the club. I don't know what it is. We believe we can win it each year. The team has pulled together and dragged wins out of tough situations by never-say-die beliefs."

This is only The Hills' third final - they were North County's opponents in 2007.

Clontarf skipper Eoghan Delany accepts The Hills will be formidable opponents, saying: "There are no straightforward games against The Hills. They seem to relish the 50/50 situations where momentum can swing, but we did just that against Pembroke in our semi-final and the experience of last year's final will stand us in good stead."

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