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