Kil­te­gan and Pat’s bat­tle it out for Se­nior crown Foot­ball cham­pi­onship fi­nal in Aughrim on Sun­day

Bray People - - Sport - Mark KENNEDY

THIS IS a ma­jor week­end of foot­ball in Wick­low with three fi­nals down for de­ci­sion over two days.

Pride of place must go to Aughrim on Sun­day where the county Se­nior fi­nal will be de­cided be­tween St. Pa­trick’s and Kil­te­gan, a re­peat of the pair­ing of the fi­nal of 2006.

St. Pa­trick’s won the Mi­ley Cup two years ago and will start favourites to win again on Sun­day, but no doubt we can ex­pect Kil­te­gan to go all out to avenge the de­feat of 2006 when they were hotly fan­cied to win.

The Se­nior fi­nal is timed for a 3.30 p.m. kick-off on Sun­day and it will be pre­ceded by the county Mi­nor fi­nal at 1.30 p.m., the mak­ings of a thriller be­tween favourites Bless­ing­ton and Bray Em­mets; and pre­sen­ta­tions to the Bless­ing­ton Se­nior foot­ball team of 1983, the team be­ing hon­oured with ju­bilee awards this year.

All in all county fi­nal day prom­ises to be a colour­ful spec­ta­cle, prom­ises a feast of qual­ity foot­ball, and if we get a re­peat of the 2006 Se­nior fi­nal there may be just a kick of a foot­ball be­tween Kil­te­gan and St. Pa­trick’s at the end of the day. In 2006, St. Pa­trick’s won by 1-10 to 0-10. The gates open at 12.30 p.m and pa­trons are urged to come early and obey ste­wards in­struc­tions re­gard­ing park­ing etc.

Ad­mis­sion prices are ¤ 15 for adults and ¤5 for stu­dents and OAPs.

The third fi­nal of the week­end takes place on Satur­day at Ark­low at 4 p.m. It is the In­ter­me­di­ate foot­ball fi­nal be­tween two south district teams, Carnew and An­nacurra, both of whom have been the form teams in this grade from the start of the cham­pi­onship cam­paign.

An­nacurra have al­ready lost two In­ter­me­di­ate fi­nals this cen­tury, one af­ter a marathon bat­tle with New­town by a point, and they will be anx­ious not to make it three de­feats in five years.

Clive Ho­ran is back to his bril­liant best at cor­ner- for­ward but the An­nacurra team as a whole will need to play to the top of their form if they are to stop Carnew, the fancy of many be­cause of their siz­zling show­ing in the se­nior league as well as the In­ter­me­di­ate cham­pi­onship.

That’s not all there is on the foot­ball menu this week­end folks. There are Ju­nior A foot­ball games, Rath­new v. New­cas­tle and Kil­te­gan v. Bal­li­na­cor; and Ju­nior C quar­ter fi­nal, Kil­te­gan v. Coolkenno down for de­ci­sion at Ark­low and Balt­in­glass.

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