Club Championship Preview – Hodson Bay Hotel Roscommon SFC Round 4
Clann must circle the wagons!
Who’s in Action? Clann na nGael v St. Brigid’s
Where and When? On Sunday in Johnstown at 3.45 pm
The Prospects: While it is not complete panic stations yet, the defending champions Clann will be worried about their form having lost two games out of three so far.
They welcome St. Brigid’s to Johnstown for a game that is always ultra-competitive between these two neighbours and fierce rivals. St. Brigid’s dug in for a very impressive victory against Roscommon Gaels last Sunday and while they are not the side of old they are still the team to beat in this championship. Brigid’s are now through, so it will be interesting to see how they approach this game. If they go flat out then Clann could be in trouble.
At home Clann will be hard to beat but they will have to up the ante after last Sunday’s loss to Castlerea. There won’t be a lot in it and Brigid’s might just edge it if they give it a lash. It could be tasty though.
Prediction: St. Brigid’s
Gaels aiming for treble
Who’s in Action? Roscommon Gaels v Boyle
Where and When? On Sunday in Elphin at 4 pm
The Prospects: The Gaels faded out after an excellent first half against St. Brigid’s and will be hoping for more from their attack but they look strong defensively. Boyle were disappointed to lose out to Pearses last weekend and with Donie Smith doubtful through injury and Enda Smith ruled out of this match through suspension, Boyle could struggle here. The Gaels will have bigger fish to fry later on in the year but they should record their third win of the campaign.
Prediction: Roscommon Gaels
Stalemate in Strokestown!
Who’s in Action? Castlerea St. Kevin’s v Padraig Pearses
Where and When? On Sunday in Strokestown at 2 pm
The Prospects: Castlerea are back in business after beating Clann last Sunday and they will be confident that they can win again. Pearses started well but they were disappointing against Clann and they had to dig deep against Boyle last Sunday. They have some very talented attackers like Conor Payne, Hubert Darcy and veteran Seanie Fahy, but I have a feeling that Castlerea will give this everything and they will make it a very close game.
Prediction: A draw
Faithleach’s enjoy home comforts
Who’s in Action? St. Faithleach’s v St. Croan’s
Where and When? On Saturday in Ballyleague at 7 pm
The Prospects: Both sides will be targeting this game as being winnable. Faithleach’s have plenty of firepower up front with the Murtaghs and Darragh Hussey but they are vulnerable at the back. Croan’s were disappointing against Strokestown and did not manage a point from play. However they are strong throughout the field and they will put up stout resistance. Maybe Faithleach’s will edge it with home advantage.
Prediction: St. Faithleach’s
Strokestown to make quarters!
Who’s in Action? Strokestown v Michael Glavey’s
Where and When? In Strokestown on Sunday at 3.45 pm
The Prospects: Could it be that we are finally going to see Strokestown deliver on their vast potential this year? They prevailed against St Croan’s last weekend and are looking good for a quarter-final place from Group B alongside Western Gaels. Glavey’s were disappointed to lose out to Elphin last weekend and they could be under pressure here.
Elphin face tall order
Who’s in Action? Elphin v Western Gaels
Where and When? On Sunday in Elphin at 5.45 pm
The Prospects: Western Gaels have breezed through this group so far and they are putting up big scores too. That they are already through to the quarter-finals means that they might not be flat to the boards on Sunday which will give Elphin a chance.
But it looks a tall order for Fintan Cregg and company to be honest.
Prediction: Western Gaels