Kepak Roscommon SHC Semi-Finals in Athleague on Saturday
And then there were four! The Roscommon Senior Hurling Championship reaches boiling point this weekend as Athleague and Tremane and Four Roads and Pádraig Pearses battle it our for a place in this year’s decider…
Athleague v Tremane at 5 pm
An interesting clash between the neighbours to open proceedings and there is nothing that Tremane would enjoy better than to knock the defending champions out of this year’s competition. They have done very well to get to the last four and it will be interesting to see if they use Niall Kilroy in an attempt to upset the odds. The county footballer is a magnificent club hurler but he has not played for them all year. They also have Peter Kellehan, Mike Keaveney, the Brennans and Niall Keenan to call on.
Athleague have been going along quietly and have reached this stage of the competition without much fuss. The prolific Eamon Flanagan is a key man for them and with Robbie Fallon, Alan Moore, Cormac Kelly, David Flaherty, Pat Nolan, Gary Fallon and Ben McGahon on board there is plenty of talent there.
There wasn’t much between the sides when they met earlier in the championship and I won’t be one bit surprised if Tremane upset the applecart and win through to the final. But Athleague just look that little bit stronger so I am giving them a hesitant vote to advance.
Four Roads v Pádraig Pearses at 6.30 pm
In the most controversial match in this year’s championship six players saw red when the sides met a couple of months ago so there is no love lost here. But the reality is that Four Roads look a much better side this year and they have to start this semi-final as warm favourites.
The likes of Micheal Kelly, Shane Curley, Cathal Dolan, Padraig Kelly, Conor Coyle and Conor Mulry are all playing well this year as the Tisrara club bid to get the Mickey Cunniffe Cup back on home soil.
Pearses have plenty of talent and Cathal Kelly, Leon Fehily, Shane Naughton and Oisin Kelly will be hoping to lead their side to what would be a surprise win. I don’t’ thnk that there will be much in it but Four Roads have looked the part so far this year and the should secure their place in the final with a bit to spare.
Prediction: Four Roads