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30 Jun 2022

European trip awaits Junior winners

Junior final

European trip awaits Junior winners

The Tom Cross Junior Football Championship is down for decision on Sunday at St Conleth's Park with a 15.45 throw-in, the reason for the early date is that the Kildare winners have been drawn against the European champions, Amsterdam in the Leinster Junior Club first round tie.

That game is due to be played in Maastricht on Saturday October 8 with a 2 pm throw-in, so there is certainly no shortage of incentive for the finalists Kilcullen and Milltown.

The two semi finals were played on Saturday and while there were no shocks on the day, there were certainly contrasting displays.

In the first semi final, a fancied Kilcullen side were put to their pin of their collar to get past Rheban and while there was just a point in it at the break Rheban could count themselves somewhat unlucky having missed an open goal before the break.

Rheban hit back to take the lead in the second half but Kilcullen responded and while they too missed a great goal chance they nevertheless did enough to book their place in the final.

Milltown v Rathcoffey was a much better game with favourites Milltown dominating the opening half and looking well in control.

Rathcoffey did come a lot more into it on the resumption and but for some very poor finishing could have been a lot closer in the end.

So who will be checking if their passports are in order for the game against Amsterdam?

Will it be the Jarlath Gilroy's Kilcullen or Declan Brennan's Milltown.

Both would have been fancied to make it thus far so we could be in for a cracking contest on Sunday.

The Rags will be looking to Jamie Lambe, Darren Baker, John Whyte, the impressive David Marshall and the Fox boys to pull them through while Milltown will be hoping Rory Donohue, Colin O'Shea, Emmet Mulhall, Omar Dunne and Ian Fitzgerald will do the business for them.

Tight game in prospect with Milltown getting the vote to represent Kildare in Europe.

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