Tulsk favourites for tasty rematch!





Mulryan Construction IFC Final Replay

Oran v Tulsk Lord Edwards on Saturday in Dr. Hyde Park at 4 pm


Oran must be wondering just what they have to do to win an intermediate title. Last Sunday their young team led Tulsk a merry dance until they ran out of steam and the more experienced Tulsk side finally reeled them in. The same questions will be asked of both sides in this mouthwatering replay on Saturday.

  Having seen Tulsk play a number of times in this championship, last Sunday was by far their poorest display. They were like a rabbit caught in the headlights as Oran’s young guns ran at them and caused them all sorts of problems. I would say that Gerry Lohan, his selectors, and players are thanking their lucky stars that they still in this championship.

  One thing is certain: if Tulsk don’t up their game considerably on Saturday they are facing the prospect of coming away empty-handed once again. Last Sunday too many of the players who had served them well all year let them down and they will all have to step up to the plate if they want to win.

  Oran, on the other hand, seem to thrive on adversity. Gearoid Keenan lasted only eleven minutes last Sunday but on came Thomas Fetherston to play a huge role in their performance. However the sight of him limping off before the end of the game is a huge worry for them going into this replay.

  Oran are a team laced with incredibly talented young players but every team needs experienced players to drive them on. If Gearoid Keenan and Thomas Fetherston were to be ruled out on Saturday it would be a  huge blow to Billy Donnellan’s men.

  Meanwhile, Tulsk will need to restrict the supply line to the fleet-footed Oran attack or they are going to be in trouble once again. Some of the Oran attacking play last Sunday was out of the top drawer and Tulsk will have to be far sharper in defence or that young Oran attack will run riot again. Ciaran Lawless, Darragh Walsh, Charlie Carthy and James Fitzpatrick may be young, but they can play and they know where the posts are.

   Once again this final is on a knife-edge. Prior to the drawn game I was of the opinion that Oran’s injuries and absentees would just be too much for them to be able to withstand. But I reckoned without their superb young attacking players and inspirational leaders like Mike Dwyer and Thomas Fetherston.

   But Tulsk are a good side and they will know that they can improve hugely on last Sunday’s display. If they have learned their lessons from last Sunday they can inflict more final pain on Oran. Last Sunday’s game was a cracking encounter and this Saturday’s promises to be the same. There won’t be much between them but Tulsk can improve sufficiently to edge it by a few points.

Prediction: Tulsk