Final four hopes on the line!

Kepak SHC quarter-finals this Sunday in Athleague

Roscommon Gaels v Oran at 2 pm

Roscommon Gaels take on Oran in this weekend’s SHC semi-finals. Pic: Bernie O’Farrell

Roscommon Gaels are in the rarefied atmosphere of a senior quarter-final and are in the play-offs on merit after a string of fine performances this year. They have been transformed in 2023 under the guidance of Ronan O’Meara and will be confident that they can reach the last four.

They pipped Sunday’s opponents in their group game and a semi-final appearance would mean a wonderful season for the town side. Oran have been beset by injuries and absentees this year, however Ciaran Farrell’s men will be determined to reverse that earlier result.

This promises to be a hard-fought match with very little between the teams. The Gaels have the wind in their sails and they might just have enough to get through.

Prediction: Roscommon Gaels

St Dominic’s v Tremane at 3.45 pm

Another tight match predicted here. Tremane struggled against Pearses for long periods to qualify for the play-offs before Michael Brennan led a final quarter blitz. They will need to be in top form on Sunday and will be hoping that Niall Kilroy will be back for the match.

Dominic’s have not been setting the world on fire but they will be very competitive. These two drew when they met in the group stages earlier in the championship so there is not much between them. With Peter Kellehan back, and if Kilroy plays, Tremane are the choice to make it to the last four.

Prediction: Tremane