Mulryan Construction IFC Final
Oran v Tulsk Lord Edwards on Sunday in Dr. Hyde Park at 4 pm
There is a familiar narrative surrounding this intermediate football final on Sunday: Tulsk are the favourites and Oran are the outsiders. Tulsk supporters will not need me to remind them that their team has flattered to deceive over the years. Is it finally time for them to deliver a first title in 35 years at this grade?
The formbook would say yes as Tulsk have been very impressive on their way to this decider. They look strong throughout the field and have posted impressive totals as well. They look well-balanced with some excellent performers. Of course, the likes of Padraig Scott and Tadgh O’Rourke will be expected to lead their charge but there are some very eye-catching youngsters too like Thomas O’Rourke, Gerry Galvin, Timmy Fitzmaurice and Jack Conlon.
I have seen Tulsk play twice in this campaign and have been very impressed by their overall strength and their ability to wear teams down with their powerful running game. Some of their attacking play has been a joy to watch.
Oran have certainly been plagued by injuries but they will go into this match as underdogs and that will suit them. They have some really talented young players like Kieran Whyte, Darragh Walsh, Colin Walsh, John Martin, James Fitzpatrick, Charlie Carty and Ciaran Lawless to name just a few.
But while Oran have always got class footballers in their ranks it is only fair to say that the loss of players like Tom Fetherston and Gearoid Keenan will be massive in a game like this.
It would be a major shock if Oran were to win this intermediate final. Tulsk’s time has finally come.