Two Mile House v Round Towers Lusk
Leinster IFC quarter-final, Saturday, 1.30pm, St Conleth’s Park
Two Mile House were relieved to edge through their first round clash in the Leinster Championship two weeks ago, just about hanging on for a one-point win over Shandonagh despite finishing the game with 13 men.
Today they have home advantage once again, and this time it will be the intermediate champions from Dublin who will be making the short journey to Kildare.
The Dublin champions won their county final on the same day that Two Mile House enjoyed that victory over Shandonagh, and manager Niall Browne admitted that he had a couple of scouts in Parnell Park watching the upcoming opposition that day.
Whoever was running the rule over this Round Towers side will have picked out Dublin U20 star Cormac Howley as the main threat for the Lusk outfit, with the highly regarded young attacker landing 12 points in a stellar display. Their forward line also features Stephen Harford, a 28-year-old marksman who played with the Underdogs recently and managed to bag all four goals in his club’s championship semi-final win over Scoil Ui Chohaill.
The north Dublin club then flew home one of their most potent weapons from China for the county final, with members of the team setting up a GoFundMe page to help pay for flights that would give full-forward Cathal Bollard the opportunity of a break from his Erasmus studies to come home for the big day. Whether or not he is back again for this game remains to be seen.
On the Two Mile House side, there were plenty of concerns following the win over Shandonagh. Man of the Match Peter Kelly played through the pain barrier in the second half with a sprained ankle; Mark Sherry went off injured; Aidan Casey missed the game with a calf strain, and Shane D’Arcy received a straight red card which rules him out here.
The hosts will be favourites for this one, and rightly so. The structure of Dublin club football effectively means the hard statistic is that the 32nd best team is coming up against the 17th best team in Kildare, though it doesn’t always work like that.
If Two Mile House have shaken off their injuries they should be on course for a semi-final appearance.
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