Ratoath v Na Fianna;
Double seeking Ratoath, their hurlers are already in the decider, face arguably the county’s most consistent side of recent seasons and the Baconstown/Enfield combination can provide a formidable barrier to their ambitions.
Protected by arguably the best goalkeeper in the county Shane Geraghty, the Na Fianna defensive warrior like John Baldwin, Michael Farley and Michael Collins will have their work cut out to curb a Ratoath attack in which the two Wallace brothers are simply the best known but not necessarily the best on any given day.
And that battle will ultimately decide the outcome as Ratoath do have a propensity to ship scores as the concession of 3-14 to a struggling Simonstown side shows.
They also allowed Donaghmore/Ashbourne run up 1-13 and the fact they scored 4-15 themselves that day suggests David Brady their manager has modelled himself on Keven Keegan’s time at Newcastle United basically saying to the opposition you score what you like lads we’ll still score more !
Today that is likely to be found out.
Na Fianna to win after a slog fest of a game.
Wolfe Tones v Summerhill;
Nobody outside the Gibbstown, Oristown and Kilberry parish fancied the Tones to win the Keegan Cup last year and few enough within it would have believed they could.
But backed by the Duracell bunny that is Cian Ward, he just goes on and on and on. That is just what they did and in this years quarter final against Gael Colmcille they showed they have developed a champions spirit winning a game they looked destined to lose.
Ward is not the only long server in fine form as Stephen Sheppard is also rolling back the years too.
Summerhill have benefitted from Adam Flanagans arrival from Clonard and the ‘Hill are probably on something of a mission having lost three deciders in a row between 2017 and 2019.
Attacking aces like Davy Dalton, Liam Shaw and Barry Dardis will trouble the Tones but the champions showed last time out they are determined they will still bring the Keegan cup on another tour of their parishes. With Thomas O’Reillys scoring prowess and the undervalued hard work of Oisin Martin they have their own threat up front.
Tones to make another decider but don’t be surprised if this one goes to the wire.