Two of the county’s most decorated villages in the annual Tidy Towns awards go head to head in Saturday’s Junior B decider and despite Moynalty having edged out the Boyneside Blues of Slane on both occasions they met this season, both times by a single point, the east county side are taken to triumph in a titanic tussle.
In the Tailteann Cup Moynalty scored an injury time goal to win and in the championship group stages relied on a hat trick of top class saves from goalkeeper Johnny Lynch.
In Podge McGowan and Matt Tully have two of the sections best attackers, while centre half back Kyle Tallon has been their stand out player this season.
Add in the fact that in ‘keeper Darren Berrill they have someone with an accurate short kick out and a prodigious long one and a reasonable long range free taker it is clear they are well served at both ends of the pitch, with Eanna Mooney likely to drift through the game for spells and suddenly turn into Gary Lineker close to goal.
Moynalty are in their first season down from Junior A and alongside Lynch a vastly under utilised at county level shot stopper they have county minor Paul Gilsenan as a potent force up front with Paul Lynch, James Cassidy,Pauric O’Connor and Adam Reilly adding valuable experience.
Both sides have become adept at reaching finals at this grade and even more well versed in losing them, Moynalty losing five since 2009 and Slane two of the last three.
In both games between the sides Slane have been the fitter outfit and this could well come to the fore in Pairc Tailteann.
The scoreline in the two games so far suggests there is not much between the sides the scoreline tomorrow afternoon could suggest otherwise,