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Finnegan is expecting a Kingspan showdown

By John Campbell

Anto Finnegan never gave less than 100 per cent effort when he donned the Antrim jersey.

Now, fittingly, he believes that both the Ulster Selection and Dublin teams will take a leaf from his book when they clash in the eagerly-awaited 'Game for Anto' at the Kingspan Stadium, Belfast on Saturday (6.00pm).

"I know that this is viewed as a charity game in so far as that the funds raised will go towards heightening awareness of motor neurone disease but I think we are in for a really competitive game," states Anto.

"To be honest, I would not want it to be otherwise. I have no doubt that the Ulster players will be keen to prove their worth while you can be sure that the Dublin players will be very anxious to set down an early marker that they covet their places in the team for 2015."

Dublin manager Jim Gavin has a raft of talent at his disposal although he may be without some St Vincent's players because of their ongoing involvement in the Leinster club championship.

"When you think of the resources that Dublin have, it's almost frightening," says Anto. "But they know that the availability of top-notch players does not guarantee success as was indicated when they fell to Donegal.

"They are still a good side and I imagine that they will be very keen to make a big impression."

Anto, whose enthusiasm to see the opportunity to raise funds to fight motor neurone disease maximised is proving a major catalyst in the promotion of the match, suggests that Joe Kernan's Ulster Selection will do the occasion more than justice.

"The line-up is being finalised but when I looked down the list at who has made themselves available it was overwhelming. I was hoping that we would have a strong squad but I never thought that we would have the depth of talent that will now be on show," adds Anto.

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