Former county stars Joe Sheridan and Donal Curtis will pit their managerial wits against each other in Saturdays top game the IFC final.

And the verdict here is Duleek/Bellewstown will be the team progressing to the senior ranks for 2024.

The analysis is based on a simple calculation, if you picked a combined team from the two XVs D/B would have more on it than Rathkenny.

Against that Rathkenny, in Donal Keogan would have the only automatic selection. and the Meath maestro if likely to be the games standout player whether he finishes on the winning side or not.

D/B lost to Dunshaughlin in last years final and this can be a motivating factor but then again show me a gallant loser and I’ll say you are showing me a loser.

Brian Meades experience will help Rathkenny but Sherdan’s assertion this week that you play championship football to win the championship is one he will have instilled in his side.

The belief is they will have absorbed his words and will deliver on them albeit narrowly.