The Limerick junior A football championship final this Sunday is a repeat of the east final between Cappamore and Kilteely-Dromkeen.
BEFORE a ball is kicked in Sunday’s county junior A football championship final, in Bruff at 2.00, there could be good news for the finalists.
LeaderSport understands that two current intermediate football clubs have made initial enquires about the possibility of re-grading to the junior ranks in 2013.
No relegation final was played in the IFC to-date and were the two teams to purpose a request to drop down the ranks, it could mean that eastern rivals, Cappamore and Kilteely-Dromkeen could be elevated up to the intermediate grade.
However, that is unlikely to influence the preparations of either side ahead of their repeat of the east final.
That east final was back on September 23 when Cappamore were 2-8 to 0-7 winners.
It is a Cappamore side that are bidding to make an instant return to the intermediate grade.
Last year they were relegated when losing the play-off to Claughaun.
Already this season fellow east Limerick side Pallasgreen went straight back up from intermediate to senior and Cappamore will be favoured to follow suit on Sunday.
Guiding their fortunes is Diarmuid Sheehy.
The former inter-county full back is team manager this season, taking over from his long serving father.
On top of his managerial duties, Sheehy also lines out centre back.
He will be joined in the starting team by his brothers; Brian and Sean.
The men in green and gold will be captained by full back Paul Leahy.
Key to their plans will be Tommy O’Donoghue and Andy Murphy.
“We were bad last season but were lucky that there is a group of young fellas coming through now and they have got us this far,” explained the player-manager.
They drew two games in the east championship but still qualified for the final.
When they met Kilteely-Dromkeen in the group stages the sides drew.
After beating them in the divisional final, Cappamore eased past Kildimo-Pallakenry with seven goals in the county quarter-final.
Then they saw off last year’s beaten finalists Glin at the semi-final stage.
Sunday’s county final opponents, Kilteely-Dromkeen only booked their final spot late on Tuesday night when they beat Monagea in the semi-final under the floodlights of the Gaelic Grounds.
They are managed by trio Eamon O’Dea, John English and Mike O’Connell.
Captained by full forward Brian O’Connell, Kilteely-Dromkeen have been knocking on the door for a number of years.
Two years ago they also reached the final when they lost to Bruree.
They came back last season with a third successive east final victory.
However, this time Glin ended their run in the county championship.
This year they have given youth its chance, backed largely by their U-21 players.
And, they are helped by the addition of Knockainey players Nigel Finch and Padraic Barron, with Finch filling the full back role.
Key for the men in red will be Paudie and Denny Ahern, Denis O’Dea.
Francis Stokes (formerly Pallasgreen) and Padraig Keogh are ruled out through injury, while others are carrying knocks after Tuesday, with Barron, David O’Neill and Philip Coffey all receiving treatments.
The winners on Sunday will be in Munster club action on November 18 when they will be away to the Tipperary champions - Borrisokane or Drom & Inch in the provincial quarter-final.
Prediction - Cappamore