Minor B Football Championship Final Preview
Saturday’s Minor B Football Championship final which precedes the Intermediate Football Championship final in Ahoghill on Saturday brings together strong favourites, Cuchullain’s Dunloy and St. James Aldergrove.
Dunloy have beat all before them this year in division 2 of the minor league. They went through the league unbeaten with only Moneyglass providing them with a real challenge. The St. Ergnat’s finished second with St. James in third place.
The league itself was a rather under-whelming event with quite a number of fixtures unfulfilled including the meeting of Dunloy and Aldergrove so Saturday’s final will be their first serious meeting this season.
Dunloy, who have already won the Minor Hurling Championship, are a strong outfit and on their way to the final they had seven points to spare over Moneyglass before hammering Con Magee’s in the semi-final. Sean O’Neill led the scoring onslaught with 2-3 and Anthony Smith 1-5 and Daithi McGuigan 1-1 were all to the fore.
Aldergrove though will go into this game having recorded a good win over Clan na Gael before pulling away in the final stages of a tight semi-final to beat St. Comgall’s, Antrim and they look capable of giving the Dunloy side a run for their money.
They have a good free taker in Caoimhin McConnell who scored 0-8 against the Antrim side and another danger man in Conor Morris who scored 1-5 in that game. They recorded some excellent results in the league but will need to up their performance again if they are to beat Dunloy.
The Cuchullain’s have strong performers in Patrick Kinsella, Aaron Crawford, Callum Scullion, Deaglan Smith, Eoghan McGrath Liam McCann, Sean O’Neill, Anthony Smith and Daithi McGuigan and look a side with no apparent weakness.
St. James will look to Emmet Irvine, Adrian Mulholland, Odhran Creaney, Fearghal Hanna, Oisin Graham, Matthew Donnelly, Gary Duffy and the afore mentioned Caoimhin McConnell and Conor Morris for inspiration and will be hoping that a number of Dunloy players will have one eye on the Intermediate final to follow but I would expect the young Cuchullain’s to win with something to spare.