The Championship – Will Saints go marching on or will it be a case of the great O’Neills

1 October 2010 No Comments by The Northern Standard

By KEVIN CARNEY

Doohamlet and Tyholland will bring with them the armoured confidence of the hardened survivor when they tee up for this Sunday’s IFC final in Clontibret.

From their own patches in the middle and north of the county down to the deep south, the common consensus among their peers is that both teams have reached the county decider on merit.

That they have proven to be the best of the rest in what has been a real ‘survival of the fittest’ campaign brooks no debate even among those they have slain en route to this weekend’s absorbingly pitched decider.

A rod of steel runs through both line-outs, manifest in the fact that while they bent during some of their championship encounters to date, crucially they didn’t break.

There have been other fine teams in the IFC this year but the O’Neills and the St. Patrick’s have proven to be the irresistable forces, the immoveable objects of the campaign and their progression to the top table was sign-posted from early on in the year.

As the run-in to Sunday’s final morphs into hours rather than days, bullish noises emanating from the two clubs are as hard to pick up as the pitiful calling of the fast disappearing corncrake.

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