preview collingwood cup final - 3 key battles

07 February 2018

Ahead of today's final,we look at three key battles on the field today that can help determine where the famous trophy will end up.

Georgie Kelly v Eamon Fyfe


Both centre forwards have delivered so far in the tournament with Fyfe edging Kelly by 5 goals to 3. Fyfe has been the go-to man for Queens showing the determination to snap up anything that falls in the box and having the technique to bury the ball in the back of the net from a dead ball situation as witnessed against Trinity College on Monday. Kelly on the other hand has been the target that UCD have looked for in the final third. His movement off the defender has been excellent and created the opportunities in front of goal that he has been clinical with so far. He has also turned provider as seen in yesterday's semi-final when he directed the ball back across goal for Liam Scales to open the scoring.


Gary O'Neill v Matt Hughes


The two captains have led their teams fantastically so far with O'Neill taking up a deeper role whereas Hughes has operated further up just off Fyfe. The UCD captain has mixed brains and brawn in his play as he went toe-to-toe with the physical DCU midfield in the semi-final and had the intelligence to pick both DCU and Maynooth apart with his passing. Hughes on the other hand has been a key part of Queen's attacking force with Fyfe that's provided 8 goals so far and is sure to be in the thick of things when Queen's are attacking.

Diarmuid McNally v Ruairi Taylor

The young pretender versus the man who has been to the top of the mountain a number of times. McNally has led the Dublin side to Collingwood glory on six occasions and has countless experiences of this sort of occasion. UCD have been clinical and efficient so far in the tournament. Taylor has met his Belfield counterpart on both of his previous efforts in the Collingwood and has been narrowly denied by late goals and penalty shoot-outs. In his third Collingwood in charge of Queen's, he has led his side to their first final since 1995 with a swash-buckling display of attacking football and will hope that proves to be UCD's kryptonite and force them to concede their first goal in the tournament.

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