Carnew have league glory in their sights
PREVIEW PETER KEOGH LOOKS FORWARD TO THIS WEEK’S GAMES
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.
WHITTLE SFL DIVISION 3
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.
MURPHY CUP FINAL
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.