Castlehaven v UCC preview


Cork Senior Football Championship – Final

The final of the Cork Senior football championship takes place this Sunday and it makes for a very interesting game indeed as it throws together two heavyweights in traditional kingpins Castlehaven and UCC who are boosted by the appearance of several Kerrymen in their ranks.

Castlehaven arrive into this final on the back of wins over St Nicks, O’Donovan Rossa and St Finbarrs, all of which saw them into a semi-final clash with surprise packets, Carbery Rangers. On the day, Castlehaven proved to be far too strong for the minnows and came away with a 2-12 to 0-5 victory.

In that semi-final, Carbery Rangers had no answer to the threat of Brian Hurley and Mark Collins in attack while in defence, dual player, Damien Cahalane, son of Niall was very steady while Liam Collins and David Limrick stamped out the threat of John and Seamus Hayes.

UCC have had a far less straight-forward route into this year’s final, enjoying narrow wins over St Nicks and Clonakilty en route to a semi-final clash with Avondhu, the team that put paid to Nemo Rangers chances of retaining the title. As already mentioned, there is a strong Kerry flavour to this UCC team, with Kerry senior panellist Paul Geaney providing the inspiration in the semi-final scoring 0-3 from play.

Alongside him in the forward line, Daithi Casey a fellow Kerryman proved extremely reliable from placed balls while another player from the kingdom, Johnny Buckley proved an able ball winner in midfield.

Castlehaven, having not won the title since 2003 would appear to have all the incentive which may be enough to get them over the line.

Verdict: Castlehaven

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