Connacht Club IHC Semi-Final: Four Roads v Tooreen on Sunday in Athleague at 2 pm
Having got their hands on the Mickey Cunniffe Cup for the first time in four years a couple of weeks ago, Four Roads have a chance of a Connacht final appearance when they face old rivals Tooreen in the semi-final on Sunday.
There would appear to be little between these two teams but Tooreen have been less than impressive in their run to the Mayo title this year and in the final they had only two points to spare against Castlebar Mitchels.
They have some very well-known names in their team with the lines of Cathal Freeman, Fergal and Shane Boland, Sean Kenny and Stephen Coyne ever-present, and they will travel to Athleague with confidence.
Remember it was Tooreen who broke the Galway stranglehold on this title in 2017, winning the title. No Roscommon team has managed that feat thus far.
Four Roads will have to be at their best if they want to advance. Jamie Lawlor, Cormac Coyle and Martin McLoughlin will have the task of shackling the Tooreen full-forward line while Micheal Kelly will be hoping that his good form continues in the half-back line alongside Johnny Moran and Jack Donnelly.
Shane Curley and Conor Coyle have been very impressive at midfield for the Roscommon champions while up front Cathal Dolan will be the ‘go to’ man for the placed ball. Padraig Kelly has been playing great hurling this year and Noel Fallon has been a towering presence at centre forward. Brendan Mulry has been a very effective target man this year with James Cunniffe and Andy Lawlor hoping to get the vital scores in the corners.
If Four Roads can bring the intensity and teamwork that they displayed in the county final to the table on Sunday they can edge out Tooreen and make it to the Connacht final. They should be good enough to prevail.
Prediction: Four Roads