Leacy big injury doubt

Brendan Furlong

Published 08/10/2016 | 00:00

John Leacy, seen here shadowing Simon Donohoe (Shelmaliers) during the quarter-final, is a big injury concern for Glynn-Barntown ahead of Sunday's Tom Doyle Supplies SFC final in Innovate Wexford Park
John Leacy, seen here shadowing Simon Donohoe (Shelmaliers) during the quarter-final, is a big injury concern for Glynn-Barntown ahead of Sunday's Tom Doyle Supplies SFC final in Innovate Wexford Park

Centre-back John Leacy is the only injury worry for Glynn-Barntown as they continue their preparations ahead of next Sunday's Tom Doyle Supplies Senior football championship final appearance against Gusserane O'Rahilly's at Innovate Wexford Park (3.30 p.m.).

Leacy, who damaged a shoulder in the semi-final victory over St. Martin's, carried the injury into last Sunday's Pettitt's Senior hurling semi-final loss to Cloughbawn, but was forced to retire in the final quarter having made little impact from his full-forward role.

Having undergone intensive treatment all week, the big attacker was clearly affected by his shoulder problem, which now must be a source of concern for his backroom team.

Should he be forced to miss out, his absence would be a huge blow to his side as he has been a commanding centre-back right through the campaign.

In what is one of the most open finals in years, neither side will be taking anything for granted, particularly as both featured in two tough hurling games over the weekend.

Gusserane O'Rahilly's survived their Junior hurling victory over Bannow-Ballymitty without any injury problems so will continue final preparations without interruption which must be pleasing for Kevin Kehoe, Mick Caulfield and Maurice Browne as they continue their bid to steer this renowned stronghold back to the top of the big ball game in the county.

Glynn-Barntown will be endeavouring to win their second Senior football title and bridge a 20-year gap, having won their way back to top flight football by winning the Intermediate title last year. It's a huge ask for them to take this giant leap but their semi-final form suggests they are ready for the challenge.

In what is a unique final pairing, both sides contain a host of young talent, which should make for an attractive, open style of football, and one that should attract a huge crowd to the county grounds.

The majority of Gusserane players have experienced the county final occasion which should stand to the side, while for Glynn-Barntown it will be a unique experience for this group of players, having never played in a Senior football final, which will provide its own challenges.

Looking for tips one can visit their local bookmakers, but which ever side can thrive in the cauldron of Innovate Wexford Park will lift the trophy at the end of the game.

The winners will be at home to Ferbane or Rhode from Offaly in the Leinster Club championship.

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