Kiltegan face tough task against Carlow champions
PREVIEW PETER KEOGH LOOKS FORWARD TO THIS WEEK’S GAMES
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.
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.