Harnedy and Paudie have been electric leading the line for Imokilly

Harnedy and Paudie have been electric leading the line for Imokilly
Imokilly's Paudie O'Sullivan takes on Sarsfields' Craig Leahy and Paul Leopold. Picture: Eddie O'Hare

SEAMUS Harnedy and Paudie O'Sullivan have hit 6-37 from play between them in Imokilly's six matches this season.

That's almost a bang-on average of 1-6 from play from the dynamic duo and a similar return on Sunday, when you also factor in Harnedy's ball-winning, the amount of frees he's fouled for, and O'Sullivan's play-making, should see the division capture the Seán Óg Murphy cannister. Blackrock are well aware of the threat posed by those marquee attackers and have a steely defence, but it will take all the experience of Wayne Sherlock and Fergal Ryan on the line to come up with a way of curbing their enthusiasm.

Harnedy, whose father Seán is a selector, has been a real leader for Imokilly from early summer through to October. When they were a point down against Erin's Own in the quarter-final, Harnedy called the puck-out and won the free to snatch a draw. 

Harnedy celebrates a goal against Sars. Picture: Eddie O'Hare
Harnedy celebrates a goal against Sars. Picture: Eddie O'Hare

O'Sullivan, back on the big stage at senior having lost three finals with Cloyne a month before his 18th birthday (he was 15 playing in his first in 2004 which is staggering really), has been a joy to watch in recent weeks. He missed a few chances in the draw with Erin's Own, but let loose in the replay, and clipped over the leveller against Sars before striking for 2-3 last Saturday.

It's more than just his scores though. After some horrific injuries which ultimately led to him opting out of the Cork set-up, the youngest O'Sullivan is hurling with verve again. 

His touches and flicks might appear indulgent but are often breathtaking. And effective.

Fergal Condon's side rely on Harnedy and O'Sullivan, yet Will Leahy, their free-taker, has 0-34 to his name. Cian Fleming, though scoreless in the Sars replay, rifled 1-10 from play in the two games before that.

Imokilly's firepower and inter-county experience at the top level when you include Brian Lawton is why they are unbackable favourites with the bookies. 

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