Four clubs represented in intriguing U-20 final

Dermot Hughes Cars Division Two U-20 FC Final: Elphin-Ballinameen v Michael Glavey’s-Éire Óg at Dr Hyde Park on Sunday at 12.30 pm

Sunday’s curtain-raiser before the county senior final is an important fixture for four clubs, with every promise of a cracking game.

At stake is the Division Two U-20 football title and interestingly the decider will be contested between two amalgamated teams, with Elphin-Ballinameen taking on Michael Glavey’s-Éire Óg.

When the sides met earlier in the championship Michael Glavey’s-Éire Óg won by a point, so the signs are that a close encounter awaits this Sunday.

The Michael Glavey’s-Éire Óg side will go into the game on a high after winning the Division One minor title recently, defeating Roscommon Gaels in the final.

Their team is jointly managed by Declan Woods and Tommy Keane. Speaking to the Roscommon People in midweek, Declan Woods reported a very positive mood in camp.

“We have a lot of that successful U-17 team on our U-20 team. We have a solid side overall. Darragh Heneghan is back from injury and that’s a huge boost for us.

“We played Elphin-Ballinameen early in the championship and we won by a point. We were missing a few lads that day but there won’t be much between the teams again this Sunday”.

Declan says that it was difficult to get time to prepare the team for the final.

“Glavey’s (lads) were involved with the senior team and Éire Óg were involved in the minor – and they are in the intermediate final too. A lot of the players have been involved with both, so preparation has not been easy. In fact six Éire Óg players are on the intermediate panel that will contest the county final on Sunday week”.

Those familiar challenges notwithstanding, Declan says all is positive in the camp and everyone is looking forward to Sunday’s final.

Aidan Main is the manager of the Elphin-Ballinameen side. When he spoke to the Roscommon People he confirmed that they have a full squad to call on for Sunday’s game.

“We have no injuries, and we have been training away. This will be a very competitive match as there was just that single point between us earlier in the year”.

Elphin-Ballinameen defeated Kilmore-Shannon Gaels in the semi-final and now have momentum as they prepare for their big Hyde Park outing.

Aidan Main: “I’m thrilled that the players will get a chance to perform on the big stage on Sunday. It’s a great reward for all the hard work that they have put in all year.

“We have a nice mix of players between those aged 19 or 20 and lads who are a bit younger. We are very hopeful that we will do well on Sunday”.

It’s a big occasion for all four clubs and their supporters and has the potential to be a cracking game at the HQ of Roscommon football. It looks quite evenly balanced. Best of luck to all involved.