PREVIEW: Na Gaeil To Take Second Tilt At Junior Crown

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Gavin O’Connor looks at the Na Gaeil v Glenbeigh/Glencar, County Junior Premier Football Championship Final Replay, Fitzgerald Stadium, Sunday 2:30pm…

Darren O'Sullivan in action in the drawn final. Photo by Dermot Crean.

Darran O’Sullivan in action in the drawn final. Photo by Dermot Crean.

THERE is a chance for both sides to reset the clock after the arduous drawn final two weeks ago, which was slog for players and those in the stand and terraces.

Despite playing with two extra men for the final 20 minutes, wing back David Culloty’s 40 yard point rescued a draw for Na Gaeil with the final kick of the match.

The final was played in gruelling weather and the football matched the difficult conditions. Either side couldn’t say they played anywhere near their best so will be out to prove their quality. Let’s hope the weather doesn’t ruin the occasion this time.

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Na Gaeil will be hoping for a lot more from their forwards who were heavily reliant on Darragh Carmody. Glenbeigh/Glencar will be without suspended forwards, Tommy Cahill and Stephen O’Sullivan, who received their marching orders.

This will add extra burden to the side’s key men, Gavin O’Grady and Darran O’Sullivan especially who showed flashes of what he’s capable of last time out.

The two Barry brothers, Jack and Andrew, drifted in and out of that game, so the Tralee side will be hoping for a lot more from them, as well as Mike Griffin, who failed to rip up Glenbeigh/Glencar as he has done to teams on the road to the final.

Despite Na Gaeil operating in Division 4 and their Mid Kerry opponents in Division 1 of the County League, there is no gulf in quality between both sides. If Na Gaeil’s main men can come good, that could be enough to sneak it.

Verdict – Na Gaeil by 1

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