Kil­te­gan face tough task against Car­low cham­pi­ons

PREVIEW PETER KEOGH LOOKS FOR­WARD TO THIS WEEK’S GAMES

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COUNTY CHAM­PI­ONS Kil­te­gan face their bap­tism of fire when they travel to Dr. Cullen Park to take on the Car­low cham­pi­ons Eire Og in the first round of the Le­in­ster Club Cham­pi­onship on Sun­day.

Few clubs can equal the rep­u­ta­tion of the Car­low town boys when it comes to the Club Cham­pi­onship. Any time they get out of their own county they are se­ri­ous con­tenders in Le­in­ster.

Kil­te­gan man­ager Gavin Wynne watched the town side beat Pala­tine by a four point mar­gin to take the Car­low ti­tle for the 25th time on Sun­day. He was quite im­pressed and said that Kil­te­gan will have their work cut out to beat them.

‘Eire Og are a great Le­in­ster team, he said. ‘They al­ways im­prove once they get out of Car­low and are al­ways a match for any team’.

‘How­ever we are also ex­pect­ing to be able to lift our game. The pres­sure is off now; we have no hurl­ing to dis­tract us, we have the Mi­ley Cup and we can now con­cen­trate on lift­ing our game.

‘We have a few nig­gling in­juries, but noth­ing ma­jor; we ex­pect to be pick­ing our team from a full panel. Jacko get­ting a run for Le­in­ster on Satur­day was a great boost for all of us and know he will be able to turn in an­other big per­for­mance

‘Of course we will need to get a break or two but con­fi­dence in the camp is high and I be­lieve we can do it.

With Leighton Glynn play­ing for Ire­land and Jacko Dal­ton and Dara O hAn­naidh on the Le­in­ster panel foot­ball in Wick­low is on a high.

A win in the Club Cham­pi­onship would keep the role on the move.

IN­TER­ME­DI­ATE CLUB CHAM­PIO­SHIP

Wick­low In­ter­me­di­ate cham­pi­ons Carnew are also in action in the Club Cham­pi­onship. They will have the Kilkenny cham­pi­ons James Stephens in Aughrim for a first round match on Sun­day.

The fact that they have un­fin­ished busi­ness in the hurl­ing cham­pi­onship will not help Carnew’s cause but that is a prob­lem that all dual clubs have to face up to.

Switch­ing from hurl­ing to foot­ball and then back again is tough go­ing.

Carnew, like Kil­te­gan, are on a role and a win on Sun­day would be very im­por­tant to keep the winning streak go­ing, and I think they can get that.

NDI JFC C FI­NAL

Be­fore the Kil­te­gan club head off for Dr. Cullen Park they have some un­fin­ished busi­ness to at­tend to on Satur­day. Their third foot­ball team will be tak­ing on Rath­new in the fi­nal of the Ju­nior C Cham­pi­onship at Ark­low on Satur­day.

The stan­dard of foot­ball in this grade has been re­mark­able this year and both Rath­new and Kil­te­gan have beaten a lot of good teams on their way to the fi­nal.

With no form guide to go on it is dif­fi­cult to say how this one will go.

PAT REID JAHC

Eire Og and New­cas­tle will re­play the semi-fi­nal of the Ju­nior A hurl­ing cham­pi­onship as the other part of a dou­ble­header in Ark­low on Satur­day.

The first match was a wash-out – lit­er­ally. The weather just de­stroyed that match and while Eire Og led for most of the way it was New­cas­tle that came with a late rally to get a draw.

Could Eire Og, led by our new Shinty star ‘Ch­ester’ Kelly fin­ish the job this time?

WHIT­TLE FL FI­NAL

Carnew and Hol­ly­wood have the re­play of the semi-fi­nal of Divi­sion 4 of the Whit­tle League to at­tend to on Sun­day. It goes on as the cur­tain-raiser to the In­ter­me­di­ate Club Cham­pi­onship match in Aughrim.

Hav­ing man­aged to come out of Balt­in­glass with a draw, Carnew will feel they can com­plete the job this time.

REL­E­GA­TION PLAY-OFF

A num­ber of rel­e­ga­tion play­offs in all grades over the week­end. While no one likes los­ing sta­tus in any grade the Keat­ing Tro­phy play-offs are by far the most im­por­tant.

Four Se­nior Clubs are in­volved – AGB, Ti­na­hely, Ash­ford and Coolkenno.

Last year Aughrim went down tamely enough in the be­lief that they could recharge their bat­ter­ies and bounce back. It did not hap­pen, it sel­dom does, so that should be warn­ing to the four clubs this year.

Carnew’s Seán Kin­sella and Glenealy’s Colm O'Neill bat­tle for pos­ses­sion dur­ing the Se­nior hurl­ing fi­nal.

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