Gilleran to make changes as Dominic’s bid for final

AIB Connacht IFC semi-final:
St Dominic’s v Aughnasheelin (Leitrim) in Pairc Sean Mac Diarmada, Carrick-on-Shannon on Sunday at 1.30pm

Having finally won that elusive Roscommon title, St Dominic’s are now pitted against Leitrim kingpins Aughnasheelin in Sunday’s Connacht semi-final.

St Dominic’s manager Tomás Gilleran says there will be some changes from the 15 that won the Callington Roscommon IFC earlier this month.

“We have plenty of lads on the panel who deserved a chance during the championship and we will be looking at our team selection later in the week. There will be some changes.

“Leitrim Club football is on a high at the moment so we are expecting a very tough match on Sunday, but it is a great opportunity for us to get to a final”.

Aughnasheelin is a small rural parish about five miles north-west of Ballinamore. Their recent Leitrim County final win (0-11 to 1-4 over Annaduff) secured the club’s third ever intermediate title.

Paul Earley is their star man, while Cillian Cullen and Sean McWeeney have also been key performers this season. Aaron Hoare is a top class midfielder and was ‘man of the match’ in the recent county final. Up front, Fintan Fitzpatrick is a regular scorer at full-forward.

Eoin McCormack had had another magnificent year for St Dominic’s. Other experienced players include  Mark Miley, Paddy Fallon, Micheal Byrne, Darren Donnelly, the evergreen Conor Fallon and Tommy Hurley. St Dominic’s’ young guns will also be under the spotlight. Excellent players like Jack Lohan, Daire Keenan, Karol Feerick, Cian Kelly, Mark O’Malley and Keith Doyle have all been very influential this year.

Prediction: St Dominic’s.