Club Championship Previews

This weekend there is a double bill of Connacht Club Championship action at Dr Hyde Park when Roscommon junior football champions Shannon Gaels face Galway champions Clifden at 1.30 pm. The Galway champions at junior level are usually a good quality side and Clifden will be a tough nut to crack, but, at home, Shannon Gaels could advance.

  Then at 3 pm the Roscommon Intermediate champions Michael Glavey’s face a huge challenge when they also face Galway opposition in Moycullen in the second game. This looks a big ask for Glavey’s who have such a young team and they will face Moycullen who have a lot of players with experience of senior club football, not least County senior star Gareth Bradshaw. A Glavey’s win would be a surprise here but in club football you never know.

  On Friday night at Kiltoom at 8 pm, the King and Moffatt sponsored O’Rourke Cup League Division One Final will take place between St. Brigid’s and Roscommon Gaels.

  The outcome of the game could well hinge on what teams each side can field on the night but it is a chance for each side to end the year with some silverware after major disappointments in the championship.

  Brigid’s will not want to be beaten in a final on their own patch, but Roscommon Gaels will be anxious to show that their poor performance against Padraig Pearses in the county semi-final was a one-off, bad day at the office for them. I think that The Gaels might edge it.