Louth v London: Nicky Rackard Cup preview

Louth will play London in the Nicky Rackard Cup final in Croke Park on Saturday, which gets underway at 4pm.

The chance to lift a trophy at Croke Park will not be taken lightly by either team and the Wee County has named the same starting line-up that beat Monaghan in the semi final nearly two weeks ago.

Louth manager Paddy Kelly has expressed his faith in the team that won a place in the final against Monaghan in Clones, with Diarmuid Murphy at left wing forward hoping to put some points on the board.

Murphy put nine points past Monaghan in the semi final that they won 2-17 to 1-13 while the goalscorers that day, Shane Callan and Donagh O’Sullivan, will also be ready to up front to chip in with extra points for the Wee County.

London manager Eamonn Phelan is no stranger to this competition and will be hoping to repeat his success as a player.

Phelan won the Nicky Rackard Cup in 2005 against the same opposition in Louth and went on to play in two other finals which he lost consecutively in ’09 and ’10. London’s semi final win over Fingal was an impressive way to make the final as they hammered the North Dublin county team 1-29 to 1-05. Even more impressive however was the preview of this final at the end of April when London beat Louth 6-20 to 1-10 in Dundalk.

If form is anything to go by, London will be hoping they can build on that performance and perhaps even repeat it. Martin Finn has been in racking up the points in both of those previous rounds and scoring 15 points and a goal against Louth and Fingal. Four first half goals saw the Exiles virtually win the game in the first half, with still time to grab another two goals in the second half.

Louth: Eddie McArdle; Mark Wallace; Conor Kerrigan; Adrian Wallace; Derek Horan; Ronan Byrne (capt); Donagh O’Sullivan; Gerard Smyth; David Dunne; David Kettle; Shane Callan; Diarmuid Murphy; Brian Corcoran; Peter Brennan; Diarmuid O’Sullivan.
London: TBC


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