Daly has chance to balance the family books

DUBLIN’S last appearance in an NHL final was in 1946, when Clare won the title for the first time after a replay with a team which included Anthony Daly’s uncles, John in goal and (captain) Haulie at left half-forward.

The Dublin team included well-known broadcaster Seán Óg Ó Ceallacháin at wing-forward.

It was the first league final since 1941, with the competition being suspended between 1942 and 1945 because of the Second World War.

Dublin qualified by shocking Cork 8-7 to 1-7 in the semi-final, while Clare beat Galway 6-2 to 2-7. Dublin and Clare played a drawn game in the Gaelic Grounds (1-6 each) on May 27 and the replay was decided in Croke Park on July 21, when Clare won 2-10 to 2-5. The Banner had been beaten in the championship by Cork five weeks earlier.

Dublin hold two league titles, claiming their first in 1929 (beating Cork) and a second a decade later against Waterford.

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