Breaking Ball – December 1st



Local derby in U-20 Final!

St. Brigid’s face St. Dominic’s in the U-20 Division One Final in Kiltoom on Sunday (Throw-in at 2 pm). St. Dominic’s are the surprise packets of this year’s competition having beaten a fancied Pádraig Pearses side in the semi-final last Sunday.

  Brigid’s will start favourites after defeating Clann na nGael in the semi-final last weekend. Brigid’s look strong up front with senior stars Brian Stack and Jack McDonnell leading their attack. But Dominic’s are strong overall and it should be a close encounter.

Pearses and Four Roads set for final

Following semi-finals played at the novel venue at St. Brigid’s pitch in Kiltoom under lights on Thursday evening, Four Roads and Pádraig Pearses progressed to the final of the U-17 Hurling League final.

  The first eleven-a-side semi-final pitted Four Roads against Athleague-Tremane. In this match Cian Murray and Joey Killian for Athleague-Tremane matched the industry and skill of Sean Trundle, Diarmuid Treacy and Trevor Fallon.

  At half-time the contest was still in the balance: Four Roads 1-8 Athleague-Tremane 2-3.

  In the second half Oisin Campbell, Paddy Gannon, Ruaidhri Fallon and James Cunniffe took up the mantle and powered Four Roads on to a 3-10 to 2-5 victory.

  An under-strength Pádraig Pearses scraped through in the second semi-final against St. Dominic’s.

  However, two early goals from the impressive Dwane Martin for St. Dominic’s set the tone. Dual star Jack Lohan, Fergal Hoare and Michael Beirne worked hard throughout but eventually a more balanced Pádraig Pearses wore them down with Oisin Kelly, Luke Corbett, Michael Kelly, Patrick Grehan and Daragh Finn all prominent in a narrow 3-8 to 4-4 victory for Pearses.

Ladies academy launch

The Roscommon Ladies football board will launch their academy at the Abbey Hotel this Sunday at 5.30 pm. The special guests on the evening are Sunday Game pundit Joe Brolly and Dublin Ladies All-Ireland winner and ladies players’ player of the year, Noelle Healy. A new partnership between the Roscommon Ladies and Pieta House will also be unveiled at the launch.