Glavey’s face tough Mayo trip



AIB Connacht Club IFC Semi-final: Bohola/Moy Davitts (Mayo) v Michael Glavey’s (Roscommon)on Sunday at MacHale Park at 2.30 pm

Roscommon intermediate football champions Michael Glavey’s will see just how far they have progressed since they last contested this championship two years ago when they travel to Castlebar to take on the recently crowned Mayo champions Bohola/Moy Davitts on Sunday.

  The outcome of the game may well hinge on how the Mayo side have reacted since their dramatic one point win against Kiltimagh in a replay last weekend. Glavey’s look a far better side than the one that we saw in this championship two years ago and they certainly have the firepower to give a very good account of themselves.

  Darren O’Malley, Shane O’Malley, Gary Patterson, Conor Hussey, Caoileann Fitzmaurice and Andy Glennon are top class performers and they will have to lead the way again on Sunday.

  The Mayo champions are strong up front with James Mulderrig (who scored the winning goal last weekend), former Mayo underage star Brian Reape, Sean Kelly and Brian Heneghan but they have played a lot of competitive football in recent weeks, culminating in winning their first intermediate title for 21 years.

  It depends on just how serious they will be taking an assault on this Connacht club championship and whether the celebrations will have stopped.

  In contrast, Glavey’s will have had three weeks to prepare for this match and I know that they are very determined to do well in this championship.

  To travel to MacHale Park and win is a huge ask but I will not be surprised if Glavey’s manage it. They will have to play well but they have the players to do it.

Note: In the Connacht JFC semi-final, Kilglass Gaels take on Sligo champions Ballymote at Dr Hyde Park on Sunday at 2 pm. It will be a tough task for Kilglass given the disappointment of their defeat against St. Brigid’s in the Roscommon decider. It will take a monumental effort from Kilglass to win this match. However, a place in the Connacht final is the prize so it could turn out to be a very competitive encounter.