Can St. Dominics reach new heights?

Connacht Intermediate Club Championship: St. Dominic’s (Roscommon) v Moycullen (Galway). Pearse Stadium, Galway, on Saturday, 3 rd November at 2.00 pm. St. Dominic’s embark on their Connacht Intermediate Football Championship odyssey this weekend with a first-round match against Galway champions Moycullen. The match takes place in Pearse Stadium in Salthill and it promises to be an excellent game of football between two exciting teams. Roscommon midfielder Michael Finneran will lead his club’s response to Galway’s All-Ireland-winning half-forward Paul Clancy, who played excellently for Moycullen throughout the Galway Intermediate championship. St. Dominic’s manager John McGowan will be conscious that Moycullen have not lost a football match since the 2006 Galway Senior Championship relegation play-off. Victory in this match will require absolute concentration and sprinklings of good luck for St. Dominic’s, who struggled in the early summer before gaining momentum in the run-up to the County Intermediate Final. Clancy lined out at centre half-back for Moycullen in last weekend’s Galway Intermediate final victory over Monivea-Abbey. From that berth he controlled the pace and style of a tremendously exciting final; and he has pulled the strings for his team all season. Midfielders Brian Faherty is a second important player for the Galway team: he will probably be charged with the task of marking Finneran in this game. St. Dominic’s great strength is its half-back line. Aidan Weir, Tom Gately, and Liam Murray will hope to drive the Roscommon champions forward from that position but first they will have to cope with Gareth Bradshaw, who may be deployed at centre-forward on Weir. Ultan Kelly, Seamus McKeown, and scorer-in-chief Conor Fallon must play well for the Knockcroghery team. Moycullen will put plenty of scores on the board, and Fallon in particular will have to play to his potential for St. Dominic’s. McGowan’s team will benefit from the three-week break that it has enjoyed since the victory over Michael Glavey’s in the Roscommon Herald Intermediate Football Championship final. St. Dominic’s players have had a chance to regroup and to prepare. This is a blessing, and if they perform like they did in the County Final in Athleague last month, victory can be theirs. Prediction: St. Dominic’s.