Match Preview: Two Mile House primed and ready for biggest challenge to date

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Match Preview: Two Mile House primed and ready for biggest challenge to date
By Robert Cribbin 20:00 Saturday 19th of January 2019

It’s been a glorious couple of seasons for Two Mile House as the club have climbed from the depths of Junior Football to the top table of the Senior ranks and on Sunday afternoon incredibly they have an opportunity to qualify for a second All Ireland Club final.

Its particularly extraordinary when you factor in the size of this unique club and the fact for many years they struggled to even get out of the Junior Championship.

After winning the All Ireland against Fuerty of Roscommon in 2014 they haven’t looked back and have breezed through the ranks ever since.

An achievement that goes very much under the radar was the club qualifying for the Minor Football Final a year previous and although they were narrowly beaten on their first venture at that level they unearthed a couple of gems with the likes of Chris Healy, Mark Sherry and Adam Burke all showing they were at home on that elevated stage and despite losing the Intermediate Final after a replay in 2016, they finally got their just rewards this year.

That group of players have been crucial in the group’s development as all three of those lads then went on to play in the All-Ireland Final and with another batch coming from the 2017 Minor B winning side you have a lethal combination to add to the experience of Peter Kelly, Matt Kelly, Shane D’Arcy, Will Burke and Aidan Casey.

In saying all that Two Mile House may not have faced anything like their Kingdom opponents this weekend.

Kilcummin only fell to the Intermediate ranks in 2017 after occupying a spot in the Senior Championship in Kerry for a number of years.

Kilcummin were like a team on a mission though and they immediately made their return to one of the most competitive county championships in the country with victory over Glenflesk on a 4-13 to 2-13 scoreline in the Intermediate decider.

Quite the achievement one would think and even more so when you think it hasn’t been done in Kildare for quite some time.

Kilcummin then reached the All-Ireland series with a very impressive eight point win over Fermoy in the Munster Final back in November.

Kilcummin have former Kerry star Brendan Kealy as their captain in goal while up front Noel Duggan, Matt Keane and Kevin McCarthy are sure to keep a stubborn Two Mile House defence on their toes.

So that tells you the height of the task awaiting Niall Browne’s men but in Caomhan Doolan they may have a spy in their camp with heavy Kerry connections.

Doolan’s father played with Kilcummin for many a year with the Two Mile House star openly admitting he supported Kerry as a child so you can be sure the Kildare side will be looking for any snippets of information from the man who sat a College exam after the Leinster Final victory.

Two Mile House are well known for their swashbuckling attacking displays but that one point victory over Shamrocks may have them better prepared for the challenge of Kilcummin.

The victors were brilliant in the first half but had to show all their character and craft to fight off a resilient home side and they will no doubt need all those qualities in this game.

Despite being heavy underdogs with some bookmakers quoting them at as big as 3-1, Two Mile House are more than capable of causing an upset.

They are delighted to confirm that they will also have a fully fit squad available for the game.

Didier Cordonnier is only 19 but he is growing in stature with every game in goal while in front of him he is expertly marshalled by Nathan Sherry, Matt Kelly and Jack Collins.

Team captain Peter Kelly has had an evergreen season with the likes of Shane D’Arcy and Caomhan Doolan also proving a threat around the middle of the park.

Chris Healy and Aidan Casey have been the main twin towers up front this year and Two Mile House will probably need both on top form to win while if they are marshalled while Mark Sherry is there to pick up the pieces and young Conor Keogh proved in the Leinster Final that he can get a goal.

So all in all a huge task in hand for Two Mile House but they have made a habit of fighting the establishment and you certainly wouldn’t put it past them doing it again.

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