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Previewing the Leinster senior ladies final between Sarsfields and Foxrock-Cabinteely

This Sunday sees the current juggernauts of Laois ladies club football, Sarsfields, return to the Leinster senior club final for the first time since 2015.

Here, they take on familiar foes and current Leinster title holders Foxrock-Cabinteely of Dublin in Kinnegad GAA, Westmeath.

This will be the fourth successive meeting of the two clubs, with the Dublin side coming out on top in the previous encounters in 2015, 2016 and last year.

The Dublin champions are aiming for their fourth successive provincial title, while Gerry O’Flaherty’s Sarsfields outfit are targeting their first Leinster title since 2014.

Three years ago, Sarsfields lost out to Fox-Cab by five points in the Leinster Final. Their most recent meeting was at the quarter-final stage last year, when the south Dublin side won by the same margin.

This is Sarsfields’s eighth appearance in the Leinster decider, having reached finals in 2000 (Junior), 2001 (Intermediate) and 2008, 2011, 2013 and 2014 (Senior).

So far the club can boast of three senior, one intermediate and one junior success at the provinical stages.

Having won their eighth Laois senior championship title in September, Gerry O’Flaherty’s side recorded wins in this year’s Leinster club campaign over and Eadestown of Kildare in the quarter-final and Westmeath champions Milltown in the semi-final.

Their Foxrock opponents are going for a four-in-row in Leinster so the game will be a huge challenge for Sarsfields.

Foxrock-Cainteely also hold a Laois contingent, as Laois Ladies footballer and Laura Nerney lines out for the south Dublin side.

The Laois county footballer of the year in 2016 lines out alongside high-profile stars of ladies football such as Sinead Goldrick, Amy Ring, Niamh Collins and Amy Connolly.

However the Laois trailblazers are well-prepared for under the guidance of management team of Gerry O’Flaherty, Mick Burke, Ciara O’Loughlin.

Given this, the loss of three high profile players in Tracey Lawlor, Laura-Marie Maher (injured) and Rachel Williams – gives the Laois women a very steep mountain to climb and they will be going into this match as underdogs.

Verdict: Foxrock-Cabinteely

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