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Tally's 'concepts' can inspire us in final, insists Burke

 

John Campbell

By John Campbell

Ian Burke has already cemented his reputation as one of the leading forwards in the country yet when he lines out with Corofin against Dr Crokes in tomorrow's All-Ireland Club Football Championship final at Croke Park (3.45pm) he will take inspiration from current Down boss Paddy Tally.

Up until he took over the reins in the Mourne county, Tally had been part of Kevin Walsh's management team in Galway and it was there that Burke came to appreciate his "good concepts".

Burke will have a key role in the Corofin attack tomorrow and will be joined in the line-up by Martin Farragher, Liam Silke, Kieran Molloy, Dylan Wall and Brendan Power, all of whom bring considerable experience to the table.

They will spearhead the reigning All-Ireland club champion's frontline against a Dr Crokes side that includes quality players in Gavin White, Johnny Buckley, David Shaw, Kieran O'Leary and Tony Brosnan.

"Paddy Tally is a smart man who brought a lot of good concepts to those of us who are members of the Galway squad. We would like to think that these will stand to us against Dr Crokes," states Burke.

In the All-Ireland Club Hurling Championship final, Ballyhale Shamrocks will take on Galway and Connacht champions' St Thomas' who beat Cushendall at the semi-final stage.

While St Thomas' look to be a durable side, the presence of Eoin Cody, Colin Fennelly and T J Reid in the Ballyhale line-up could bolster their title hopes.

Meanwhile, Armagh hope to extend their unbeaten run in Division 2 of the Lidl Ladies National Football League when they take on Clare at Dromintee today. The orchard county have won the four games they have played to date and will look to Aimee Mackin, Caroline O'Hanlon, Kelly Mallon, Aoife McCoy and Niamh Coleman to set the tone for their performance.

Also in Division 2, Tyrone will face Waterford, while in Division 3 Down will have home advantage against Longford.

There is an attractive Ulster derby in Division 4 where Derry and Antrim will go head to head.

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