Aidan’s to shade Clann without Shine

R uby Oil SFC play offs Clan na Gael v St Aidan’s (Saturday in Pairc an Piarsaigh at 6.30 pm, extra time if necessary) As predicted there was precious little between the two teams when they met last week and this weekend’s game will be no different. Aidan’s looked the more likely winners towards the end of last week’s game, but they missed a number of chances. The continuing loss of Donie Shine is a big one for Clan and David Thompson is playing well for Aidan’s this year. This is a local derby and anything can happen, but I still get the feeling that Aidan’s might scrape through by a point or two. Prediction: St. Aidan’s   St. Faithleach’s v Castlerea St. Kevin’s (at Hyde Park on Sunday at 4.30 pm) The first time these two played, Faithleach’s were the deserving winners but Castlerea came good and scored 2-12 against Kilmore on Sunday last. This is another tight call. Enda Kenny grabbed two vital goals for Castlerea last Sunday and he will have to be in top form again, as will Ger Heneghan, who was deadly accurate from frees. I was very impressed with Gary and Ray Cox, Enda Kenny and Aidan Dooney when they beat Castlerea in the first round, but Faithleach’s were poor against Kilmore in the second round.   Faithleach’s might be on a bit of a downer after the Kilmore match, while Castlerea will be delighted at their performance last Sunday. There is a lot at stake here as one of the leading contenders will be out of contention after this game is over. I have a feeling that Castlerea might just be good enough to go through by a point or two. Prediction: Castlerea   Padraig Pearses v Kilbride (at Hyde Park on Sunday at 6.15 pm) Another tight game in prospect. Kilbride have not played for four weeks and they may have thought that they were going to be out of contention before last Sunday’s game between Elphin and Pearse’s. Pearse’s had their chances against Elphin who are now firm second favourites to win the championship. Kilbride will have to pick it up big time if they want to win and I think that Pearse’s have the quality to win it. Prediction: Kilbride   Roscommon Herald IFC   Ballinameen v St. Ronan’s (at Ballinameen on Saturday at 7 pm) This game was postponed last week due to the bad weather and they will hope it goes ahead this weekend. Nothing has changed in a week. Gay Sheeran’s St. Ronan’s will be the strong favourites to win against a Ballinameen side who have struggled this year through players being injured and going away. I expect Ronan’s to win it. Prediction: St. Ronan’s   Tulsk v Michael Glavey’s (at Ballinameen on Saturday at 6 pm) This is a low-key match simply to decide who finishes first or second in their group as both sides are through. Glavey’s have been marginally the more impressive side and they might just shade it. Prediction: Michael Glavey’s.   Éire Óg v Fuerty (at Loughglynn on Sunday at 5.30 pm) A must-win game for both sides. Éire Óg lost to St. Dominic’s in the first round while this is Fuerty’s first game. Fuerty will give it everything, but I expect that Éire Óg at home will be very hard to beat. Prediction: Éire Óg