Championship deciders loom

It was a very busy week in local sport. As a result of the action in the Ruby Oil Roscommon SFC last weekend the quarter final line-up has been decided. The matches will be played the weekend after next and they will be: Roscommon Gaels v St. Aidan’s, St. Brigid’s v Strokestown, Padraig Pearse’s v Kilmore and St. Faithleach’s v Elphin.             As a result of the weekend action the four teams who will battle it out to avoid relegation to intermediate ranks next season were also decided. They are Clann na Gael, Western Gaels, Castlerea St. Kevin’s and Kilmore. In the intermediate football championship there is one play-off match this weekend when St. Dominic’s face Fuerty.             In the senior hurling championship Four Roads defeated Athleague on Tuesday night to join Athleague themselves in the semi finals. They will most likely be joined by two of three teams Roscommon Gaels, Oran or Padraig Pearse’s. Tremane have an outside chance of qualifying but their chances look very slim. There are two vital games on Sunday when Oran face Four Roads and Roscommon Gaels face Padraig Pearses.             John Maughan has been re-instated as the Roscommon senior football team manager for another year. He was returned after a 36-16 vote in his favour at the most recent meeting of Roscommon co GAA board which was held on Monday of this week.             It was also a very good weekend for Athlone professional golfer Colm Moriarty who finished joint fourth in his latest tournament on the European Challenge Tour and he is now up to 24th on the Order of merit.             It’s also a big weekend for the many children fron the county who have quailified to compete in the second weekend of the   national finals of the HSE Commuinity Games in Mosney.             All that news and much more including this week’s soccer and rugby news plus all the week’s club notes are inside this week’s Roscommon People.