Carnew have league glory in their sights


Bray People - - Bray Sport -

FOR THE first time in the play­ing year we can count the num­ber of matches on the fin­gers of one hand this week­end.

Without doubt the most im­por­tant match of the lot is the meet­ing of Carnew and St. Pa­trick’s in Divi­sion 1 of the SFL at Carnew on Satur­day.

The des­tiny of the Hill/Opel Cup will al­most be de­cided at the South Wick­low venue.

A win for Carnew should give them the League ti­tle and the Cup – but only on score dif­fer­ence over New­town – and there in lies a snag. Last week Fix­tures boss Mick Ha­gan had rea­son to ask Croke Park for a rul­ing on a mat­ter like this and was told that where there were walk-overs score dif­fer­ence could not by used.

Even that is not clear cut since nei­ther of the two clubs, Carnew or New­town, who are bat­tling for the top spot were in­volved in walk-overs.

And one man who will be watch­ing this re­sult with great in­ter­est will be Gail Dunne.

Gail is now the man­ager of New­town but be­fore that he steered St. Pat’s to two Cham­pi­onship ti­tles. Now his old club can re­pay the debt by beat­ing Carnew and send­ing the cup back to New­town.

An in­ter­est­ing one but Carnew have the ball at their own feet and in their present mood should be able to get the win they need.


At the time of go­ing to press Mick Ha­gan was still hop­ing to play the fi­nal of Divi­sion 3 of the Se­nior Foot­ball League be­tween Balt­in­glass and Bal­li­na­cor in Shil­le­lagh on Sun­day.

How­ever there is also a prob­lem with this one. New­cas­tle are, or were in with a chance of pip­ping Bal­li­na­cor for the sec­ond qual­i­fy­ing spot. They ap­pealed the de­ci­sion to award the points from their match against Kil­te­gan to the west side. That ap­peal was turned down by the CCC but now New­cas­tle is tak­ing their case to Le­in­ster Coun­cil. That sec­ond ap­peal was heard last night (Tues­day) and only to­day will the clubs be told the re­sult. One way or an­other a match in that divi­sion will take place. If New­cas­tle win their case their match against Kil­te­gan will be played at the week­end with the fi­nal go­ing back an­other week.


The long de­layed fi­nal of the Ballymanus tour­na­ment fi­nal for the Jack Mur­phy Memo­rial Cup will be played in Ti­na­hely on Satur­day. The two teams in­volved are Ti­na­hely and Barn­dar­rig. The fi­nal of the Mi­nor A Foot­ball Shield be­tween Luke O’Tooles and St. Kevin’s will be played at Round­wood on Satur­day The multi-tal­ented O’Tooles side must be fan­cied to edge out the B cham­pi­ons and take the ti­tle.

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