North County captain Niall McGovern runs the rule over his team ahead of their Senior Cup clash with Clontarf on Saturday at Pembroke.

Route to the final: "Unlike the league we seem to be able to chase in this competition chasing in two of the three rounds.

"We knocked off 146 with relative ease in a T20 against The Hills then beat Railway Union comprehensively in the quarter-finals with Cian Mulvaney taking five wickets.

"We faced a much stiffer task in Merrion in the semis where a good platform by Jamie Grassi and Malcolm Nofal set up Eddie Richardson's heroics in the final over."

Opponents: "We’ve obviously played Clontarf a lot in recent years so we know they’re a very talented side who won’t be easy to beat.

"They’re a side who especially excel over the shorter format and they beat us in an 11 over refix to end our hopes of winning the league recently.

"So we’ll be eager to take our revenge in a longer format and lift the cup on Saturday."

Meet The Team:

Niall McGovern- The captain and opening batsman is, like most of his team, playing in his first senior final. Will be hungry for some silverware in his first year at the helm.

Jamie Grassi- Explosive opening batsman and wicket-keeper. Will look to get County off to a strong start as he did in the semi.

Malcolm Nofal- overseas professional who’s been phenomenal in all three facets of the game this year- hopefully more to come in the final.

Jonno Andrews- experienced number four who has gotten important runs for the team this year. Unlike most he has been in finals before and can bring some experience under pressure to the side.

Eddie Richardson- The County talisman was the hero of the semi-final hitting the 17 required off the last over to bring them to the final. Expect something special from him.

Tomas Sheil- One of the most experienced in the side has reinvented himself as a middle order batsman in recent years, will be hungry for a medal.

Safdar Ali- The explosive middle order power-hitter has shot through the North County teams in the last few seasons and is capable of hitting even the most feared bowlers all around the ground on his day.

Adam Coughlan- Off-spinner who has taken important wickets throughout the year and will be looking forward to bagging a few more at Pembroke.

Andrew Sheridan- The Leinster Lightning all-rounder can be dangerous with both bat and ball when he gets it right. He’s sure to step up for the big occasion and deliver a fiery spell.

Cian Mulvaney- The left-arm spinner has taken some important wickets in this years comp. His buzz in the field will keep the lads going. Sean Kingston- Since moving from Australia this year, the Aussie bowler has fit right in with the team and bowled some fantastic spells. Has a deadly yorker.

Manmeet Singh- The wily all-rounder has bowled some important spells since breaking back into the 1st XI this year with his accurate in-swingers. He’s the unfortunate one to miss out of the starting XI but he’s the perfect man to have coming in if something were to go wrong and his presence from the sideline will keep the team going.

North County team: Niall McGovern, Jamie Grassi, Malcolm Nofal, Jonno Andrews, Eddie Richardson, Tomas Sheil, Safdar Ali, Adam Coughlan, Andrew Sheridan, Cian Mulvanny, Sean Kingston 12th man Manmeet Singh.

Previous History

North County have appeared in six finals losing five and winning for the only time in 2003 when they beat Clontarf by 49 runs thanks to half centuries from Paul Mooney and Dara Armstrong.

The match at Sydney Parade on Saturday starts at 1pm and is 40 overs per side.