Senior Hurling Championship - FINAL preview

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Easkey v Naomh Eoin

Naomh Eoin made it to last years final after an epic semifinal but fell to Coolera/Strandhill in the final. Easkey went down in those semi finals but have like Naomh Eoin come back and are both rightfully in the final. Both teams are very young with a sprinkling of experience. Both have come through the FeilĂ© competitions over the years. Now both teams are reaping dividends for that investment by their clubs. 

Both provided many members to the Sligo Nicky Rackard panel and it is possible that number will increase next year on the county panel. So many dual stars too. 

In the league round of the championship it took a late O'Kelly-Lynch free to draw the game for Naomh Eoin but both teams are much changed from that encounter. In the semi finals the midfield pairings for boths clubs were vital in getting over Calry and Western Gaels. Finnian Cawley and Mikey Gordon are able to mix it with the best and will never be found wanting for effort. The O'Kelly-Lynch brothers will be supporter by Fergal in the full forward line but will be hoping that Gerard breaks through for a number of scores, something he has done all year for Sligo. 

Niall Feehily was a constant source of calm for Sligo but he will have a different challenge on Sunday with Joe McHugh being found with lasers by his brother Rory making the task more difficult for the Naomh Eoin defence. Kelly, Cawley and Jordan are very good defenders but will they be able to contain Kilcullen and Mulligan.

There is no doubting the ability of Rory McHugh and his utter calmness with the sliotar. Paul Kilcoyne will provide him with something different as he has scoring ability as well as physical presence. Arthur Wall is another with a huge physical presence and he has no fear as he had shown regularly on the football field with Geevagh. Gavin Connolly will need James Weir to help him out in this tussle. 

There appears to be more options available to Easkey and for Naomh Eoin they may need to get onto the scoreboard early with goals and hope to hold out. However going with Easkey to take home the trophy