Foot­ball semi-fi­nals ex­pected to be ab­so­lute humdingers

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - SPORT -

WE will know the iden­tity of the fi­nal­ists in the 2019 Se­nior foot­ball cham­pi­onship fol­low­ing the in­trigu­ing semi-fi­nal bat­tles down for de­ci­sion in the county grounds Aughrim this week­end.

It’s a huge week­end for the foot­ballers of AGB, Bless­ing­ton, Avon­dale and de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons St Pa­trick’s as they look to progress to the big­gest day in Wick­low club foot­ball and bring home the Mi­ley Cup to their re­spec­tive com­mu­ni­ties.

For Casey O’Brien’s men it’s the for­mi­da­ble chal­lenge of Avon­dale who stand in the way of them de­fend­ing their crown. The Rathdrum men knocked Rath­new out of the cham­pi­onship af­ter ex­tra-time and they must be af­forded the ut­most re­spect by the Dun­bur Park out­fit due to their phys­i­cal­ity, their fear­less­ness and their fine foot­balling abil­ity.

How Davy Burke’s men cope with Tommy Kelly and the abun­dance of tal­ent lit­tered all over the start­ing 15 of St Pat’s is the big ques­tion ahead of that game on Satur­day afternoon at 4pm in Aughrim with Kieron Kenny tak­ing charge.

On Sunday, at 3.30pm, it’s the turn of AGB and Bless­ing­ton to lock horns for the one re­main­ing fi­nal berth. Damien Red­mond’s side and St Pat’s have en­joyed a lengthy break from com­pe­ti­tion but the Ark­low men have en­gaged in nu­mer­ous test­ing prac­tice matches and will be go­ing into this bat­tle fully charged.

And while not dom­i­nat­ing through­out this cham­pi­onships, it’s surely about time that the AGB out­fit are af­forded the re­spect they de­serve by pun­dits and pub­lic alike with the ac­knowl­edge­ment that this side are one of the top sides in the county go­ing on nat­u­ral tal­ent and foot­balling abil­ity.

Can they cope with Mick Mur­ray’s re­ju­ve­nated Bless­ing­ton side who have Pa­trick O’Con­nor firing on all cylin­ders to name but one?

It has the mak­ings of an ab­so­lute bel­ter. Don’t miss it.

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