Local stars set to fight for Leinster

by Staff Reporter

FOLLOWING the Dublin senior hurlers incredible victory last Sunday over Galway in Croke Park to land the Bob O’Keeffe Cup, the footballers are hoping they can make it a truly rare double senior championship double.

The hurlers ended a 52-year wait to lift that title with an amazing 2-25 to 2-13 win over the Tribesmen in emphatic fashion, meaning that, en route to the title, Dublin had beaten each winner of the competition since 1996 having seen off Wexford, Kilkenny and Galway.

Fingallians man Paul Flynn and Fingal Ravens Darren Daly will now hope to continue the momentum built up by Jim Gavin’s senior footballers when they take on Meath in their Leinster final on Sunday at 2pm.

Both have been key figures for the side to date this season and are looking forward to the 60th meeting between the Dubs and the royal county.

It is a repeat of last year’s final in which Dublin – then under Pat Gilroy’s tutelage – edged home by three points despite Meath’s late fightback in the closing quarter.

But the Dubs have held sway for the most part in recent times as they line up a potential eighth Leinster title in nine years with Meath the only side to break up that run back in 2010.

Flynn has been a key man in five of those campaigns since making his debut in 2008 and this year has been chipping away as part of an expansive half-forward line.

For Daly, despite being part of Dublin’s All-Ireland winning panel in 2011, this year has represented a breakout year of sorts, becoming a regular starter in the corner-backs.

Elsewhere, the ladies footballers have a similar battle on their hands this weekend when they play in the TG4 Leinster final on Saturday, July 13 in Dr Cullen Park, Carlow.

Their game throws in at 5pm against Meath as they pursue the retention of their title with Fingallians women Sinead Finnegan and Amy McGuinness likely to be central figures.

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