Dublin date for Curraha in Leinster semi-final clash
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.