Garrycastle v Athy: Preview

Updated: December 3, 2011

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Garrycastle will take on Athy in the Leinster Club Championship semi-final this Sunday in Newbridge at 2pm in what has been touted as a battle of youth versus experience.

The Westmeath champions have been there or there abouts for many years but have always fallen at the final hurdle and they will relish the opportunity of setting up a place in the final following disapointing defeats at the semi-final stage in recent years.

Athy have been described as a sharp, young side, who moved quickly up the ranks this year with two impressive wins in the early stages of the Leinster competition.

However, although Athy will enjoy home advantage with the familiar surroundings of Conleth Park in Newbridge, Garrycastle have experience on their side with the likes of veteran Westmeath stars Dessie Dolan and David O’ Shaughnessy at their disposal.

Their previous outing demonstrated just how dangerous Garrycastle can be as they eased passed Longford Slashers, who had not played a competitive tie in two months, with a final tally of 4-11.

Athy also impressed with a victory over Old Leighlin, however, they were put severely to the test in their opening round fixture against Edenderry, who took the game to Athy and illustrated that a defensive alignment, as Garrycastle are likely to bring, can cause frustration.

Although Athy offer a sharpness and a confidence that defy’s the young age of many of their players, a determined and experienced Garrycastle should have enough to pull themselves through to set up an interesting final with one of the two big guns left in the competition, Portlaoise or St. Brigids.

Verdict: Garrycastle

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