An­chor Tours SFC fi­nal Dun­dalk Gaels v New­town Blues

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NEW­TOWN Blues are favourites to add SFC ti­tle num­ber 21 to their im­pres­sive tro­phy cab­i­net on Sun­day and the rea­son is sim­ple - they have been the best team in the Louth se­nior cham­pi­onship this sum­mer.

Their at­tack­ing threat is well-doc­u­mented and they boast pos­si­bly the best pound-for-pound player in the county at present in Andy Mc­Don­nell.

That they can af­ford to play the Louth man in mid­field and Colm Judge at sweeper speaks vol­umes about the for­ward tal­ent at Ro­nan Phillips’ dis­posal, but it’s not all about at­tack­ing flair.

They may have taken their eye off the ball in the se­cond half of their open­ing match against Kilk­er­ley, but since then Dread­nots, St Patrick’s and St Joseph’s have only man­aged to rack up a com­bined tally of 2-24 against the Drogheda out­fit - an ac­cept­able av­er­age by any stan­dards.

The Gaels don’t pos­sess the same level of raw tal­ent, but they more than make up for it in or­gan­i­sa­tion and strat­egy and there were signs in their semi-fi­nal win over Naomh Mairtin that they are get­ting close to per­fect­ing their de­fen­sive/counter-at­tack­ing game­plan. The de­gree to which they can frus­trate the Blues and ef­fec­tively launch those counter at­tacks will go a long way to set­tling what should be a fas­ci­nat­ing tac­ti­cal bat­tle.

But the Blues showed they can cope with that kind of threat against the Joes and they can do so again on Sun­day.

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