Final places up for grabs in hurling championship

SHC: Semi-Final Sunday!
Kepak Roscommon SHC semi-finals  

The Roscommon Senior Hurling Championship is now at the semi-final stage with two mouth-watering clashes in prospect this Sunday in Athleague. Pádraig Pearses and Four Roads will be hot favourites to advance but Oran and reigning champions Athleague are both capable of causing an upset.

Pádraig Pearses v Oran in Athleague on Sunday at 2 pm

Cathal Kenny. Pic: Bernie O’Farrell

All form this year points to the men from Taughmaconnell and Moore to win this contest. They have answered most of the questions asked of them so far this campaign and they will be very disappointed if they don’t get to the decider at least this year.

The likes of Shane Naughton, Matthew Comerford, Eoghan Costello, Cathal Kelly and Daniel Glynn are just a few of the names that will backbone this Pearses team and with Glynn back to his best in terms of accuracy from frees and play, it looks a very strong Pearses outfit.

Oran were too good for St. Dominic’s in the quarter-finals but the loss of Gearoid Keenan who went off injured that day, will be huge. Jerry Fallon, Hugh Rooney, and the Kenny brothers will provide the guile and experience for Kieran Farrell’s men but it would be a surprise if Pearses do not prevail here.

Prediction: Pádraig Pearses.

 

Athleague v Four Roads in Athleague on Sunday at 3.45 pm

Ben McGahon. Pic: Bernie O’Farrell

This was traditionally the clash of ‘the big two’ in Roscommon hurling, however Four Roads will go into this clash as the hot favourites which is strange given that Athleague are the defending champions.

However, Four Roads have found their mojo again this year and they have been very impressive. Noel Fallon, Cormac Coyle, Johnny Moran, Cathal Dolan, Brendan Mulry, Conor Mulry and Jack Donnelly have all been playing well and with the evergreen Micheal Kelly still an inspiration from centre back, the Black and Amber look very strong.

Athleague have had a strange year. The champions will be the first to admit that they have not been playing well, however against Tremane there were signs of an improvement, and they have been training hard for this match in recent weeks. Dave Connell, Niall Connolly, David Delaney, Ben McGahon, Cormac Kelly, Eoin Ward and Gary Fallon have plenty of experience and hurling know how to get the job done on the day. But the reality is that Athleague will have to play out of their collective skins to have a chance of winning this match.

It could be closer than a lot of people expect but anything other than a Four Roads’ win would constitute a major shock.

Prediction: Four Roads.