AIB Connacht Club IFC Semi-Final:
St. Faithleach’s v St. Farnan’s (Sligo) at Dr. Hyde Park on Saturday at 1.30 pm
After falling over the line in the Roscommon intermediate final against St. Dominic’s, St. Faithleach’s will fancy their chances of getting to a provincial final when they face the Sligo champions St. Farnan’s in Dr. Hyde Park on Saturday.
The Sligo champions hail from the parishes of Templeboy and Dromore West and they defeated St. Molaise Gaels in the Sligo county final by 0-12 to 1-8. Mattie Long and Eamon Kilgannon are players to watch in the defence. Up front Patrick O’Connor is their main scorer but watch out also for Shane O’Brien and Ciaran O’Connor.
Faithleach’s will be hoping to field a strong team. David Harrison is out, but Wally Burke’s side have plenty of players to step into the breach on Saturday.
Mikey Cox, Adrian Murtagh, and Darren Nerney will lead from the back while David Rooney and Connell Kennelly will be hoping to continue the good form that they showed in the Roscommon championship.
But it’s up front where Faithleach’s will be hoping to prosper with Ciaráin and Diarmuid Murtagh leading the line, and if Kevin Farrell, Jonathan Hussey and Cathal Gunn can make big contributions, Faithelach’s will be well on their way.
Football at this time of the year is unpredictable and can be low scoring and dour, but Faithleach’s at home and with their firepower should be able to win this and get to a Connacht final. Prediction: St. Faithleach’s