While we are working away on All Star Gaelic Football, we are still following our counties around the country. With National League Final weekend upon us, we look at the teams involved and give our brief prediction of how they will go.
Dublin vs Kerry
In a repeat of last year’s All Ireland Final, we see Dublin face Kerry again. Dublin have had another relatively easy run through the league, with Roscommon arguably proving the biggest threat to their dominance. Kerry on the other hand started characteristically slowly and seemed to just get better and better as the campaign rolled on. Their thrashing of Roscommon in the semi final was a sight to behold and it sets them up fantastically for the final showdown.
Prediction: Kerry by 1/2 points
Tyrone vs Cavan
This all Ulster clash sees the runaway leaders, Tyrone, come up against the top scorers, Cavan. There will be no love lost, as is always the case in Ulster matches, and it is sure to be a tight and competitive game. Cavan’s forwards have been fantastic this year, but Tyrone’s organisation restricted them to 8 points in the fixture earlier in the year and I can see it being a similar affair this time round.
Prediction: Tyrone by 3 points
Kildare vs Clare
Kildare has dominated a 3rd division which was lacking much threat. Clare got into the final, and Division 2, on a fairly substantial score difference. Kildare have swept aside most challengers, only Sligo scraped a 1 point win, but their impressive goal scoring (10 in 7 games) was only halted by Clare, whose defence has shown to be fairly impressive. That being said, they will need their defence on top of their game, and David Tubridy to continue his fantastic form in front of goal to stand a chance.
Prediction: Kildare by 5 points
Antrim vs Louth
Division 4 was a 3 horse race, with Wexford disappointed with not making it through on the final day. Their 9 point win over Carlow was not enough as the 2 finalists played out a draw. If Antrim had have won, Wexford would be here on score difference. But just like that final day draw, I expect this to be another tight affair. Antrim are undefeated though and look like they have confidence in their manager, Frank Fitzsimmons, and he is getting the best out of his players. Louth will have a point to prove though.
Prediction: Antrim by 1/2 points
What do you think? Who are your tips for their respective divisions?