Senior final could be a cracker as old adversaries cross sword

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Kennedy Centre Ladies Senior football final

Sunday 3pm (Musgrave Park)

Referee: Fionnuala Murphy (St Galls)

St Paul’s v Moneyglass

Sunday’s Kennedy Centre Ladies Senior football final has all the ingredients to make it a cracker as the county’s giants, St. Paul’s and Moneyglass cross swords for the third year in succession. The Shaw’s Road girls are going for an unprecedented  7 in a row and the last two finals of the previous six has been against the Marrion Hill girls.

Both those victories over the St. Ergnat’s girls have been extremely tight affairs with St. Paul’s emerging victorious by the narrowest of margins and Sunday’s final is again likely to be tight as Moneyglass aim to win back a title they last held seven years ago.

Both teams had fairly comfortable passages to the final with St. Paul’s beating St. Gall’s in the semi-final while St. Ergnat’s overcame the challenge of last year’s Intermediate champions, St. James’ Aldergrove.

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Moneyglass have a new management team this year with Lamh Dhearg’s Dee McConville and his assistant Kevin McDonald the men in charge and hoping to get their side over the line.

Brian Coyle is the man who remains at the helm of the Belfast side and why change a winning formula but he has been assisted by a couple of the club’s senior men to help with the team’s fitness – Don Burns and Dee Duffy.

Both teams are likely to feature a mix of youth and experience. Most notably for St Paul’s up and coming minor players Ciara Brown and Lara Dahunsi with u16 Caitlin McGuinness also showing impressive form this season.

Moneyglass will look to Eleanor Mallon to lead their forwards with Anna McCann and Cathy Carey adding vital experience. The side maintains an experienced spine to the side with youngster Orlaith Prenter up front the player who could open up the St. Paul’s defence.

This one is likely to be tight again and could go either way and should draw a bumper crowd to St. Brigid’s Musgrave Park ground.

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