Dublin date for Cur­raha in Le­in­ster semi-fi­nal clash

Drogheda Independent - - SPORT - SEAN WALL

CUR­RAHA will be seek­ing to con­tinue Meath’s fine record in the Le­in­ster Club in­ter­me­di­ate cham­pi­onship when they travel to Ballyboughal to take on the home side this Sat­ur­day, throwin at 2pm.

The Dublin out­fit even­tu­ally made it through to the semi-fi­nal af­ter over­com­ing Emo of Laois 1-12 to 0-13 in a quar­ter fi­nal re­play last week­end.

How­ever the North Dublin out­fit will prob­a­bly go into this last four clash as un­der­dogs against the Meath in­ter­me­di­ate cham­pi­ons who will be seek­ing to fol­low on from the ex­ploits of St Colm­cille’s in last years com­pe­ti­tion.

Cur­raha strug­gled, and were some­what for­tu­nate to over­come O’Con­nell’s of Louth in their open­ing tie of the cam­paign but this mainly young out­fit have plenty of ex­pe­ri­ence play­ing at pro­vin­cial level.

The team is back­boned by sev­eral of the side that tasted Le­in­ster ju­nior suc­cess in 2015, over­com­ing Kil­lashee of Long­ford in the pro­vin­cial de­cider.

They have kicked on from that tri­umph and their stay in the in­ter­me­di­ate ranks has been a short one. They lost out to even­tual win­ners St Colm­cille’s at the quar­ter fi­nal stage last year and were then im­pres­sive win­ners at the sec­ond time of ask­ing fol­low­ing their run­away fi­nal suc­cess over St Michael’s re­cently.

County player James McEn­tee is their main­stay but they have plenty of other ca­pa­ble per­form­ers in cap­tain Neil Shor­tall, David Toner, Conor Mo­ri­arty, An­drew Bat­tersby, Sean O’Han­ra­han and Gavin Coyle.

They will need to im­prove on their last out­ings but they should have too much power and knowhow for the home side.

Their op­po­nents will be used to the un­der­dog tag af­ter dis­patch­ing a fan­cied Emo side, but it took them 140 min­utes and a for­tu­nate last-gasp goal to do so.

The sides drew in Laois and were level against at the end of nor­mal-time on Sat­ur­day in Ballyboughal.

A Ciaran Wynne goal even­tu­ally proved de­ci­sive as a high, hope­ful ball into the square some­how ended up in the back of the Emo net.

For­mer Dublin U-21 Gerry Seaver is the Fin­gal out­fit’s main threat.

An­drew Bat­tersby is a key man for Cur­raha.

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