Football semi-finals expected to be absolute humdingers
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.