Nemo will test Brian Dillons in what should be a cracking city division hurling showdown

Nemo will test Brian Dillons in what should be a cracking city division hurling showdown
Alan O'Donovan, Nemo Rangers, gets past Dylan Burke, Whitechurch. Picture: Jim Coughlan.

Brian Dillons, the raging hot favourites, will take on title pretenders Nemo Rangers in a final that is guaranteed to attract a bumper attendance to city division headquarters.

The Tank Field outfit showed in their semi-final win against Blackrock why they many peoples fancy not alone to win the city title but also to make a bold bid for county honours.

In John Horgan, they have a player who is consistently producing top class hurling and his ability to score from play and placed balls makes him an integral part of this Dillon's side.

Horgan who captains the team is joined by Darragh Rodgers who is a very strong hurler that is sure to have a battle-royal with the Nemo Rangers full-back Paul Brophy.

Brophy was substituted with injury four minutes into their semi-final win over Whitechurch but is responding to treatment.

One major difference for Dillons this season has been the return of Tomás Lawrence after his year in London.

Lawrence has serious pace and with Colin Lynch also showing deft skills Dillons have a squad of depth.

Nemo Rangers a club with huge traditions are approaching this final with caution but over the years they have been known to produce top class displays in finals.

This season coach Denis Allen has nurtured his team and the former Cork football legend is hoping his side are ready for battle.

“Dillons have a serious squad and we will need to be at our very best even to compete against them in this final,” said Denis Allen.

Brian Dillons' James Varian boots the ball away from Mayfield's Graham Murray. Picture: Eddie O'Hare
Brian Dillons' James Varian boots the ball away from Mayfield's Graham Murray. Picture: Eddie O'Hare

The Trabeg side began slowly in their semi final against Whitechurch when failing to score in the opening 15 minutes a trend that Allen hopes will not be repeated in this final.

“If we repeat that opening quarter display Dillons will blow us away but on the positive side we did play extremely for the remainder of the game,” added Allen.

One player that has excelled for Nemo in this campaign is 19-year-old Kevin O’Donovan who has skills in abundance.

The news on Alan O’Donovan, however, is a worry for Nemo as he was carried off in a football game last weekend.

“Alan is a major worry and we will not know until the end of week how his injury has responded to treatment.” 

Last season Mayfield had a clean sweep in this grade culminating in them winning the All-Ireland title and word is rife their close neighbours Dillons want to match that magnificent achievement. Nemo are sure to test their credentials is this intriguing final.

Danny Murphy, Dillons, Colm Kenneally sponsor, John Cowhig, Nemo, and John Sweeney. Picture: Derek Connolly
Danny Murphy, Dillons, Colm Kenneally sponsor, John Cowhig, Nemo, and John Sweeney. Picture: Derek Connolly

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