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Kerry on mission to shatter their Dublin curse in final

By Declan Bogue

The war of words between Dublin and Kerry has added another layer to the duo's rivalry ahead of tomorrow's Allianz League Division One final.

With Paul Curran, a former team-mate of Dubs manager Jim Gavin, accusing Kerry of negativity and abandoning their values - and Kingdom boss Eamonn Fitzmaurice retorting by cautioning against the 'worrying narrative' developing - it is sure to be a cracking contest at Croke Park.

Dublin are going for their fifth league title in a row, having endured 20 barren years before that.

Kerry have not won the crown since 2009, when they defeated Derry, but a win here would break not only Dublin's unbeaten streak that goes back to February 2015, but also an uncomfortable sequence of contests where Kerry have challenged their fierce rivals, only to be blown away in the closing quarter.

For now, all the evidence points towards another Dublin win. We should savour this current generation, rather than resent their success.

Meanwhile, both Galway and Kildare have had their share of false dawns over the last number of seasons, but after impressive league campaigns and getting back into the top flight, they appear to be on the right track as they gear up for tomorrow's Division Two final.

But for a matter of a few seconds, Kieran McGeeney could have been bringing his Armagh side to Dublin tonight for the Division Three final.

As it happens, their usurpers for the second slot behind Louth, Tipperary, will instead face the 'Wee County'.

The weekend's league finals curtain raiser will have an Ulster influence when former Monaghan manager Seamus 'Banty' McEnaney takes his Wexford side to Croke Park to face Westmeath in the Division Four final.

During the league campaign, Westmeath handed Wexford an almighty trouncing. They were the best side in the basement league this year and should prove it.

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