Fagan has a fine team picked there and will do damage in spots, but my lads have the edge in more places.
Shaughs will have the better of Reale but Reale will limit him for me, while hickey will hold Hayes and have a bit to spare to raid forward too. Curran is the weakest link in my backs but prendergast hasn’t the hurling to take advantage and Curran comes off better there.
Power as good as he is will never best McGrath, harnedy is a ball winner but won’t take too much off G Mac, and Sutcliffe will get on a few loose balls but Daly will be inspiring the team forward from the wing.
Up front Sutcliffe will do the same for me while McMahon commands the centre for Fagan, my prendergast will mullock Ronan Maher a bit to limit his influence, and gardiner v harnedy will be 50 50. Both half back lines come out on top but mine more so.
Up front Cloonan has the edge at full forward, and Shaughs has the beating of either corner back, there’s goals there for us. Dotsy will chip in two points and Shaughs converts everything from the 60 up to the penalties I see coming from fagan’s full back line.
It’s tight enough up to here but the last space to examine is midfield and Ciarán and his nephew and heir apparent have fagans lads hopelessly outclassed here. Two wizards that can win tackle, dirty ball, raid forward, score and put the ball in our forwards pockets with no look passes.
At the end of the day, with Carey Lynch and McGrath driving the team forward and supplying the inside line the boys up front will have the ball and space to put up the winning score.