Clan na Gael vs St Paul’s
This Sunday, friends become foes, as two of Lurgan’s closest neighbours battle it out for the Intermediate crown.
Clan na Gael and St Paul’s know each other inside out, which only adds to the interest of this contest.
The Clans head into the game as favourites and have been the frontrunners since the beginning of the season.
St Paul’s on the other hand will be quietly confident of causing an upset, as they have been impressive in their in three games to date.
They had to come from behind in both their quarter final (vs Carrickcruppen) and semi-final (vs Tullysaran) to reach the showpiece.
It’s their attacking quality that will attract the eye, with Andrew Murnin of course the star name at full forward.
His accompanied by plenty of talent up front, with Ryan Lawless, Aaron Rodgers and Eoin McConville all well fit to cause trouble to any defence.
Peadar Nash is a huge asset at centre half back, and his raiding runs are a main feature of St Paul’s attacking play.
In midfield, Niall McCrory has been in brilliant form and we could witness the clash of youth versus experience as he comes up against Ronan Austin.
Austin is the Clans captain and one of their most loyal servants, he is sure to have a big say in the midfield shake up.
Marsden’s men also hold a wealth of talent in their attacking half of the field, no more so than the brilliant Stefan Campbell.
‘Soupy’ lit up the Athletic Grounds with his blistering pace in his side semi-final victory of Keady two weeks ago.
Shane McPartlan offers another attacking threat while Niall Henderson is a key figure in his working wing half forward role.
At the back, Clans will look to the likes of Sam McLarnon, Jamie Brady and Danny Magee to keep the St Paul’s forward division quiet.
No matter what happens on Sunday, the Atty Hearty Cup will be heading to Lurgan, but what ribbons will hang from the handles is still up for debate.
What we do know is, we’re in for a hugely exciting game as both teams like to attack and goals will be crucial in this one.
Clans have had to deal with the favourites tag all season long and should be able to handle the pressure and come through this one, but St Paul’s won’t be easily swept aside.
Prediction: Clan na Gael