THERE is sure to be a large attendance at Ballinlough on Saturday when Delanys clash with White's Cross in the Sportsturf Solutions Junior A Football Championship final (6.45pm).
The Dublin Hill outfit were shocked in last year’s decider when going down to Brian Dillons and coach Conor Quinlan is hoping his side can put that disappointing day behind them.
“We got a kick in the backside when we lost to Brian Dillons but look we didn’t come to play and ultimately lost our title,” said Conor Quinlan.
Delanys chief has watched White's Cross twice this season and is impressed with their squad.
“To me their battling performance against Brian Dillons in the quarter-final was very impressive and then to demolish a Nemo team that had James Masters in their starting line-up was a stunning display,” added Quinlan.
Delanys have failed to produce their best football in this campaign and took extra time to see off St Michael’s in a competitive semi-final.
When you look at Delanys' starting 15 they have quality players in key positions.
Gary Gould is a tremendous half-back and in Roy Downey they have a player that can turn a game.
Centre-back Ronan Foley is a born leader that has given incredible service to his club and his reading of the game is a sight to behold. The one problem for Downey is that he tends to pass the ball too much particularly when in good shooting positions. Ciaran McCarthy is their leading marksman but his options in front of goal at times are questionable.
Stalwart John O’Driscoll is sure to add the required experience at this level and overall this Delanys team have the trump cards if they produce the goods on the day.
White's Cross are sure to have their usual loyal support at city division headquarters in what would be a remarkable year for the club if they win this final. Many pundits wrote off their chances earlier in the season but credit to coach Mitchell O’Leary he has assembled a battle hardened squad.
The mixture of experience and youth has worked the oracle and if Delanys do not give them the required respect they could well be in for a huge shock.
The Buckley brothers Conor and Kevin are tremendous players and in Murt Kelleher they have a centrefield ace ready to mix it with the best.
Edwin Buckley who missed the semi-final against Nemo when on vacation is sure to return and his pace could pose Delanys problems.
The addition of James Murphy is another huge plus for Whites Cross who will feel they can put it up to Delanys.