Mulryan Construction IFC Semi-Finals
Who’s in Action? Tulsk v Oran
Where and When? On Sunday in Strokestown at 2 pm
The Form? Tulsk have had a wobble or two but they have reached this stage of the competition without much bother. They will remember that they drew with Sunday’s opponents in the group stage but they will be nervous about meeting Oran not having had the benefit of a quarter-final game.
Oran will come into the game as outsiders after a poor enough campaign and they had to rely on a less than impressive win against St. Aidan’s in the quarter-final to qualify for the last four. Having said that they have several very good young players and on their day they can match any side left in this competition.
Key Players: Tulsk have some super players who have served them well over the past few years and once again lads like Kieran Donoghue, Padraig Scott, John Carleton, Tadgh O’Rourke, Craig Burns, Richie Feeney and Jack Conlon will be hoping to carry their side to victory.
Oran have some excellent young players too not least Tomas Fetherston, Matthew Whyte, The Kenny’s Shane Regan, Mikey Gunning and Kieran Whyte.
The Prospects: This could be a cracking game of football between two sides that look evenly matched. Oran will hope that they have a big performance in them and they will be quietly confident. But if Tulsk have renewed their hunger to finally get over the line after three years of acute disappointment in this competition they may just have the edge. Prediction: Tulsk
Who’s in Action? Fuerty v Kilmore
Where and When? On Sunday in Ballintubber at 4 pm
The Form? Another mouth watering clash in prospect here. Fuerty have been the form team and are the deserved favourites but anyone who writes off Kilmore would be very foolish indeed.
Fuerty have been very impressive in this campaign and have won every game except against Kilmore, which is significant. However they will come into this semi-final on the back of a very impressive display against St Dominic’s in their final group game.
Kilmore were comfortable winners against Eire Og in the quarter-final and they have fierce heart and determination and they will give away nothing easily.
Key Players: It has been a real team effort for Fuerty this year nevertheless Eamon Bannon, Philip Neilan, Niall Keenan and Tom Bannon are vital to their cause and up front ace free taker Gearoid Ennis and chief inspiration Niall Kilroy will have crucial roles to play.
Kilmore have Paul and Colm Garvey, Jack Sharkey, Dara Feely, Gary Connellan, Dermot Foley and the evergreen Derek Connellan in their ranks and they will be confident that they can cause another shock.
Prospects: There won’t be much in this clash either way. Fuerty are very determined to get back into the final after what happened last year. But they will have to be really up for it if want to beat a Kilmore team will just not lie down. I am tempted to go for a draw but Fuerty might just have the edge overall and they might just scrape through by a point or two. Prediction: Fuerty