Friday, September 20, 2019

BROADFORD will have to overturn two previous losses to Naas this year if they’re to win the Haven Hire Junior Hurling Final on Saturday (21st Sept.) in St. Conleth’s at 2pm.

As well as losing to Naas in the first-round of the SHL Division 3 league by six points in April, the 2017 finalists also lost to Naas by five points in the League Final in July.

Where Naas are unparalleled at the Intermediate grade, Naas were defeated Junior finalists last year, losing to Kilcock.

Last winning the Junior in 2015, Naas are bidding to win the double this year, after defeating Broadford 5-13 – 3-14 in the league final.

However, Naas’ stranglehold on the Junior Championships is not as tight as Intermediate so Broadford are within their rights to believe that they can leave St. Conleth’s victorious.

From winning the Division 3 title in 2016 to losing both the league and championship final in 2017, Broadford overturned their 2017 Championship Final loss to Éire Óg Corra Choill by defeating the Donore side 1-15 – 0-12 in the semi-final seventeen days ago.

Naas have had less time to prepare, but they were convincing 3-14 – 1-16 winners over Ros Glas in their semi-final.

Emmet Carroll and Alex Maher are players that Broadford will need to stifle on Saturday, scoring 2-12 between them in a semi-final tour de force of forward play.

By Ian Baker

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