Clann and Four Roads fly the flag

It was a super weekend of action on the club front in the GAA but no luck for Roscommon teams last weekend. Shannon Gaels put up a great show against Clifden but the concession of goals either side of half-time proved crucial in the end. Clifden were just a little bit sharper than The Gaels and they deserved their win.  

  Michael Glavey’s also played well but the eight point gap at half-time was just too much. They didn’t help their situation by missing a number of easy frees early in the second half and despite the superb efforts of Andrew Glennon and others it was Moycullen’s day. They look a very strong side and I would be backing them to win the Connacht championship. St. Croan’s won it last year and Fuerty won the junior the year before, but no luck for The Rossies this year. Clann na nGael and Four Roads will fly the flag next weekend for Roscommon.

  The best thing about the club championships is that there are new teams coming along at every grade every year. Unlike at senior inter-county level, you cannot really predict what will happen in the club championships.

  Look at the Dublin county football final. St. Vincent’s were not only favourites to win but they were one of the favourites to win the All Ireland, yet Ballyboden beat them in the final last Sunday.

  Look at Connacht where Castlebar are now a real threat to Corofin and all others as well. First, they have to get over Clann na nGael next Sunday but they are a really strong team and it will be interesting to see how they do this year.

  Then in Ulster Crossmaglan will be the favourites but they will have a day’s work done when they have beaten the likes of Scotstown and Kilcoo.

  This weekend there are big games in hurling and football on the club scene here in the county.

  On Saturday, Four Roads will take on Abbeyknockmoy in the Connacht intermediate hurling final.

  The game is previewed in more detail elsewhere this week but those of us old enough will remember 1988, when Four Roads caused a sensation by beating the same opposition in the Connacht senior final. It was a day that will never be forgotten in Four Roads. Can history repeat itself? Probably not, but it should be a fascinating game.

  Clann na nGael will really be up against it on Sunday against Castlebar. I have actually seen the Mayo side in action twice this year and they are a very impressive outfit. Castlebar played in an All-Ireland final in 2013 and it would be a massive shock if this young Clann team were to win. There should be a great crowd in Hyde Park to see the game though.