A week­end to savour

Key cham­pi­onship en­coun­ters on the menu

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - SPORT -

AS week­end’s go this com­ing one is up there with the big­gest of the foot­balling sea­son to a num­ber of clubs in the county as they look to se­cure a path to cham­pi­onship glory in what is a crunch phase of the Se­nior and In­ter­me­di­ate cham­pi­onships.

Fri­day night seees a pair of matches in the Darcy Sands In­terem­di­ate foot­ball Cham­pi­onship with wins ex­pected for Kil­coole over Rath­new and Carnew over Strat­ford-Grange­con. This would see Kil­coole and James Hickey’s Carnew Em­mets keep them­selves well in the hunt for the top three spots for qual­i­fi­ca­tion.

Things get very in­ter­est­ing on Satur­day when Coolkenno do bat­tle with struggling An­nacurra with Ste­vie Cushe’s charges fly­ing high at the sum­mit of Group 1 and An­nacurra sec­ond from bottom.

While no­body can see any­thing other than a Coolkenno win from that en­counter in Balt­in­glass, it’s the re­sults of the other two games that could have ma­jor im­pli­ca­tions for the Group 1 ta­ble go­ing for­ward.

It’s ex­pected that Bal­ly­manus will ac­count for Bal­li­na­cor in Dun­bur Park which will move them to six points while pun­dits might fancy Kil­macanogue to top­ple Laragh. If that should come to pass, then the last game in the group be­tween Bal­ly­manus and Laragh would be ex­tra spicy. Should Laragh beat Kil­mac that would leave the Su­gar­loaf side on four points and would send them on a must-win col­li­sion course with Coolkenno in their fi­nal game.

In Group 2 on Satur­day there is ex­pected to be a very healthy crowd in Hol­ly­wood for the meet­ing of neigh­bours Dunlavin and Donard-The Glen. Dunlavin top the ta­ble but Donard-The Glen sim­ply must win this game to move them­selves up to four points and give them­selves any hope of qual­i­fy­ing.

In the Se­nior it’s make or break for sev­eral teams. The ac­tion gets un­der­way with a very in­ter­est­ing clash of Kil­te­gan and Ti­na­hely in Aughrim at 5.30pm. Both teams re­quire that a win for very dif­fer­ent rea­sons, Kil­te­gan to sur­vive and Ti­na­hely to main­tain close con­nec­tions with the top two.

Neigh­bours Bray Em­mets and Éire Óg meet in the sec­ond game in Aughrim and Bray Em­mets must win to keep their hopes alive while a vic­tory would be a mas­sive boost for Éire Óg.

Hol­ly­wood des­per­ately need a win against Rath­new on Sun­day af­ter­noon while AGB won’t fancy a slip up against a wounded New­town side in the open­ing game of four in the county grounds with the All-Ire­land hurl­ing fi­nal fill­ing the gap in be­tween.

Per­haps the two big­gest game of the week­end are be­ing left un­til last in the county grounds.

Bless­ing­ton will de­sire noth­ing other than a com­pre­hen­sive vic­tory over Avon­dale to main­tain their su­perb start and Avon­dale will want to bounce back from the drub­bing them took from Pat’s.

And then it’s the turn of the reign­ing cham­pi­ons against a stung Balt­in­glass who fell to Bray last time out. If ever a game promised drama and fine foot­ball, then this is it. It has the mak­ings of some week­end.

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