Kevin Cassidy

KEVIN CASSIDY: A humdinger awaits

WE are now left with the last two teams standing in this year’s Ulster Club Senior Football Championship.

When looking at the overall competition, I don’t think that anyone can argue with the two dominant teams that have made their way through to the final.

Both Kilcoo and Glen have beaten in front of them and so they are fully deserving of their place in this year’s decider.

When we look at both semi-finals it’s obvious that Glen got a tighter game in their semi-final, but in the same breath you would have to say that Kilcoo were extremely efficient and turned in an excellent performance against Enniskillen Gaels.

I suppose before the club championships even kicked off, both of these teams would have been on the lips of a lot of people when talking about potential winners in Ulster, so the fact that we now have the dream final is great for us neutrals.

We are all fully aware of what Kilcoo have brought to club football over the last four or five years and the big question for them now is whether or not they can do the extraordinary and win back-to-back All-Ireland club titles.

I have long been an admirer of this Kilcoo team because I just love the way they approach football and the passion they have for their club so any time you get to see them play is a good day.

When you look at them this season, they have built slowly and at times they rode their luck, especially in the Down championship, but you can see a clear improvement game on game and they are experts at timing their run to perfection so Glen should be weary of this.

Glen, on the other hand, have looked like the real deal since day one and I really think the last year’s experience in this competition will have helped galvanise and drive them on even harder to go the distance in this year’s competition.

When you look at their team they are just so solid all over the place and they can hurt you from every angle and I think that they have the best midfield pairing in the country at the moment so in my eyes they will be extremely difficult to beat.

The thing about this Glen team is that they can play you anyway you want, if you want to play an open expansive game they will go toe to toe. Alternatively, if you set up defensively and want to play a game of cat and mouse they are equally as comfortable playing that way, so this makes them a dangerous animal.

I have played the game over and back in my mind a couple of times this week trying to figure out who I think will win.

Although I think that Kilcoo are match for anyone, I just have a feeling that Glen are a mission this year and I fancy them to go on to become Ulster Club champions this weekend. So if I’m going for a winner ,and this is a push, I’ll go for Glen by two but after a humdinger of a battle.

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