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Replay will put Dublin champions at disadvantage in Leinster, says Conroy
After yesterday’s thrilling drawn final, Ballymun or St Vincent’s will have to play four times in less than two weeks.

ST VINCENT’S BOSS Tommy Conroy has admitted that whichever Dublin side qualifies for the AIB Leinster club SFC will be at a serious disadvantage.

Diarmuid Connolly’s last gasp leveller for Vincent’s against county and provincial holders Ballymun Kickhams means the sides must meet for a final replay on Wednesday night.

The short turnaround is required because Dublin’s representatives are scheduled to play St Loman’s of Westmeath in Mullingar next Sunday.

So whoever wins the Dublin replay will have to contend with three ties in a week and fourth inside 13 days after winning their semi-finals on last Monday.

“It’s unfortunate that both teams have to arrive back at Parnell Park on Wednesday,” said Conroy, who isn’t looking for a provincial postponement.

“No, no, I’m not saying that. I’m just saying it’s unfortunate that it has been a draw. But what can we do? There’s nothing we can do about it. We just have to deal with it.”

Still, the former Dublin star admitted it will be tough to lift his side again for the mid-week rematch, let alone a potential provincial encounter.

“We have no injury worries, everybody has come out of it okay but you can’t come through a game like this and not be sore, not be very tired,” he added.

Ballymun boss Paul Curran admitted the dramatic draw was ‘a lot to take in’ and revealed his disappointment that they didn’t secure victory with a five point lead in the 59th minute.

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“But we’re still in it and St Vincent’s showed incredible character to come back a couple of times when they looked dead and buried,” said Curran.

Last March’s beaten All-Ireland club final boss revealed the list of injury concerns ahead of the rematch.

“James Burke has a hamstring, Karl Connolly has some sort of a cramping problem, Dean Rock has a knee problem and there’s one or two others,” said Curran. “We’ll try and patch them up and be ready.”

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