All to play for in Intermediate ties
PREVIEW A LOOK AHEAD TO THE LOCAL G.A.A. ACTION
IT’S ALL-IRELAND weekend and the fixtures list is that bit lighter than usual but still a lot of important matches to be played.
D’ARCY SAND IFC
The action starts on Friday night with the three remaining matches in the Intermediate Football Championship. This is a programme with a difference; all three matches have to be played at the same time to avoid juggling with the score difference.
Carnew play Kilbride at Baltinglass; Aughrim meet Dunlavin at Roundwood while Eire Og and Kilcoole clash at Newtown.
Any one of four teams – Aughrim, Dunlavin, Eire og or Kilbride could come through to meet Annacurra in the semi-final
For starters Dunlavin are in pole position, they are the only ones with the destination in their own hands. A win for the Kildare border side will put them through, regardless of what happens else where. Even a draw could keep them in the running.
But should Aughrim beat Dunlavin it will throw the whole thing wide open and score difference or even ‘head to head’ may decide the final place.
For example should Aughrim and Kilbride both win and end up level on score difference Kilbride would go through because they beat Aughrim in the first match.
Should Dunlavin fail to make it then the team that would look best placed to get through would be Eire Og. The Greystones side are fancied to beat Kilcoole and could do so on a score that would boost their score difference enough to see them through.
Aughrim’s problem is that it may not be enough for them to just win; they will also need to get plenty of scores on the board to stay ahead of both Eire Og and Kilbride.
The interested spectators in all of this are Carnew who are through anyway and Kilcoole who will be in a relegation play off regardless of the result.
So that’s it – Dunlavin to go through but should Aughrim win Eire Og to pip them on score difference anyway – and Kilbride will be on my house again for writing them off.
DOOLEY POYNTON SHC
Glenealy and Bray Emmets meet in the Senior Hurling Championship at Greystones on Sunday morning. While Bray are an improving team the holders Glenealy must be fancied to win this one and go through to the semi-final.
JOHN WALL MFC
The two semi-finals of the of the MFC will be played at Aughrim on Saturday. The holders Blessington take on Luke O’Tooles at 2.15 p.m. followed by Bray Emmets v. St. Patrick’s at 3.45 p.m..
The finest Minor talent in the county will be on show. Blessington with players like Dean Siney, Alan Kelly, Eddy Boylan, Troy Francis, Paul McLoughlin, Ronan Doyle and Seán Byrne will be fancied to make the final.
However, Luke O’Tooles will be no push over. They have a powerful line-up backboned by county players like Robert Lambert, Oisin Doyle, Brian Walsh, Stephen Dillon, and Ian McDonald. One player in great form for his club Aughrim at the moment is Eoin O’Loughlin while Willie Doyle and Ben Jackman are playing great Coolkenno.
If this team trained by Carlow’s Joe Hayden gels on the day they will take beating.
Bray Emmets are going for the big double, having already bagged the Minor hurling cup. They also have a tough one in St. Patrick’s and can take nothing for granted.
Paul Cunningham, Jordan Egan, Garoid O’Murchu, Ronan Cunninghan, Conor Power and Eoin Wogan are players well above average.
St. Patrick’s have been coming good at the right time. In Niall Earls they have one of the finest young players in the county while in Lorcan Smullen they have another top class Minor.
It will be close but we have to fancy PJ Cunningham’s boys to make it through to the final.
The annual tournament for the Jack Murphy Memorial Cup kicks off in Ballymanus on Saturday.
Matches also in the Carter Cup and the Whittle SFL while there is one match in the Salley Cup (SH) between Avondale and Arklow Rock Parnels, also on Saturday.