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N.Y. GAA Previews Donegal, Kerry for the big one

February 16, 2011

By Staff Reporter

By Mike Fitzpatrick

1:30 p.m.

Junior Hurling

Connecticut State vs. Tipperary

With Tipperary’s senior counterparts in the championship final facing off versus Limerick, the junior side will hope to clinch the first leg of a unique double when they come up against Connecticut State.

We’ve witnessed quite a number of exciting hurling contests this season at the park, and this one is sure to be no different. Word around GAA circles is that Connecticut will enter the tie as slight favorites, but as has been proved so many times before at Gaelic Park, anything can happen on final day.

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3 p.m.

Senior Football Final

Donegal vs. Kerry

A repeat of last year’s final where Donegal supremo Connie Molloy and his Ulster side will be out for sweet revenge.

Kerry triumphed in last year’s final by three points, and at the time, it was something of a major shock. Donegal entered the game as heavy favorites, whereas Kerry, many felt were merely there to make up the numbers. That scenario failed to materialize, as Kerry went on to clinch a stunning final, and in doing so, capturing their first title since 1967.

This time around it’s just as difficult to predict a winner. Donegal beat Kerry in the regular championship season earlier in the year, and the Kingdom went on to experience an uncharacteristic slump.

They proved, however, that their bad days are behind them with a convincing victory over Rockland last Sunday.

Donegal, under the expert guidance of Connie Molloy, have not won a championship in eight years, despite reaching several finals. The Ulster men will hope to have Gary Dowd back from injury, as he has been in inspiring form all year.

It’s sure to be an exciting climax to the season, well worth the admission price.

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