A nice round selection put together by @Aristotle here. A really well-balanced side, slow and steady wins the race however is not an anecdote applicable to the game of hurling.
Carey & Kelly will once again terrorise the opposition full back line. Its been interesting to note that the games thus far in the competition involving Kellys Heroes have brought in far higher than average attendances. Even in the virtual world the hypothetical Kelly/Carey partnership draws a crowd. The duo decorated with a combined 15 all stars do not disappoint.
John Gardner & Tony Browne both of whom have struggled in the past with bigger more physical men must endure an afternoon of being walked on by Seamus Prendergast & Timmy McCarthy respectively. The breaking of the defence however takes place in the pivotal area. Conor Clancy moves to 11 where his ball winning no nonsense style drives a stake through the heart of the opposition. His suitor: a converted forward lauded for a single season at number 6 in which he picked up his sole Celtic Cross remains untested in the defensive dark arts. Clancy sets the tone here. Much like a bad rendition of Caledonia, this ends on a flat note for Hannon.
At midfield there is a battle to be had; Tom Kenny has his value but always considered the understudy to Jerry O Connor, that commentary remains. I like Brendan Maher, nothing but admiration from this poster towards the Bursa-Lee man. Excellent stickman, great engine and as honest as the day is long. Therein lies an issue, Derek Lyng possessed all those qualities with an additional characteristic. I hope the sensitivities of the TFK posters will excuse the crudeness of commentary that follows but there is no delicate way to put it, Lyng when required could be an absolute Cunt……Midfield battle won.
JJ Delaney stands imperious on the left wing, no elaboration required. I admire the addition of muscle in the half forward line, namely Pender & McCarthy. Without silk to line the leather they remain in the tried hard parameter for this fixture. Ronan Maher & Eamon Corcoran proven winners who can mix it as required. A facile victory here.
Finally, to the other end where no real sting exists. The grading of the players here at 13,14 & 15 might even suggest consistency. Not the case, the player chosen at number 13 made one appearance in an All-Ireland final. The result a scoreless runner up medal. Power at full forward for all his natural ability rarely grabbed a leading role. Curran has the measure of this one as Richie looks to others all too often for inspiration.
Eddie Brennan marches toward Mick Kavanaghs corner, not his usual berth at top of the right but a threat nonetheless. Today Brennan is marshalled by a 4 time All Star and 8 time All Ireland winner, its not often the Graigue Ballycallan will meet his match but today we’re safe as houses.