Teams bat­tling it out for league hon­ours

PREVIEW PETER KEOGH LOOKS FOR­WARD TO THE WEEK­END’S GAMES

Bray People - - Bray Sport -

THREE IN­TER­EST­ING matches to be played on what is the sec­ond last week­end of the play­ing year.

The two semi-fi­nals in Divi­sion 1 of the Se­nior Foot­ball League and the fi­nal of Divi­sion 3 of the same league make up the pro­gram­mee.

The Dan Dunne Memo­rial Cup, still the finest tro­phy in Wick­low foot­ball, will be the prize for the Se­nior League win­ners while the Johnny Fox Memo­rial Cup will go to the Divi­sion 3 win­ners.

THE FOX CUP FI­NAL

Balt­in­glass and New­cas­tle meet in the fi­nal of Divi­sion 3 on the fine new pitch at Bless­ing­ton on Sun­day. Both teams have reached this fi­nal af­ter trav­el­ling widely dif­fer­ing roads.

Balt­in­glass had a great league cam­paign, go­ing un­beaten through their eleven match pro­gramme.

Noth­ing strange about that for the Slaneysiders but what was, to say the least, un­usual was the fact that the same team, play­ing against the same op­po­si­tion won no match in the cham­pi­onship.

How­ever, they are in the fi­nal on merit and will take beat­ing.

New­cas­tle on the other hand had a good cham­pi­onship and went all the way to the fi­nal, only to be beaten nar­rowly by Kil­te­gan.

That county fi­nal loss al­most cost them their place in the league fi­nals as well. That match was listed in the fix­tures as dou­bling up for league points as well, not at all un­usual where there are dual clubs in­volved. New­cas­tle dis­puted that rul­ing but had to go all the way to Le­in­ster Coun­cil be­fore they won their case and had the match re-fixed.

It was a win over Kil­te­gan in the re­fixed match last Sun­day that saw New­cas­tle pip Bal­li­na­cor on points and get the sec­ond qual­i­fy­ing place.

Now they must be slight favourites to take the cup. That warm-up match will cer­tainly help to have them that bit sharper and if they can brush up on their shoot­ing they can fin­ish the year with a foot­ball cup go along side their Ju­nior hurl­ing cham­pi­onship.

DUNNE CUP

The first of the Dunne Cup semi-fi­nals sees county cham­pi­ons Kil­te­gan take on New­town at Round­wood on Satur­day night.

Kil­te­gan are also the hold­ers of this cup and would love to end the year by re­tain­ing this tro­phy.

It may not be that sim­ple how­ever. They have al­ready lost county player Derek Daly to em­i­gra­tion while Adrian Keogh has also left the coun­try.

New­town are an up and com­ing team and are likely to be in bet­ter shape than the cel­e­brat­ing cham­pi­ons.

They will be boosted by their re­cent win over Carnew but at the same time dis­ap­pointed that the win did not prove enough to give them the league ti­tle.

It should be an in­ter­est­ing match with Kil­te­gan the favourites to ad­vance to the fi­nal.

The sec­ond semi-fi­nal be­tween Carnew and Shil­le­lagh will be played in Ti­na­hely on Sun­day morn­ing.

Carnew, like Kil­te­gan are near the end of a record break­ing year. They are the In­ter­me­di­ate cham­pi­ons and now the first In­ter­me­di­ate team to win Divi­sion 1 of the SFL.

How­ever this is a rare lo­cal ‘derby’ and can go ei­ther way.

Shil­le­lagh may find it dif­fi­cult to get a full strength team. How­ever they are the goalscor­ing kings of Wick­low foot­ball, and goals still win matches.

Carnew may start slight favourites but don’t mort­gage the house to back them.

The plans are to play the fi­nal on the fol­low­ing week­end.

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