Kepak Senior Hurling Championship Preview

Conor Kelly (Four Roads) and Gary Concannon (Oran) pictured in action during last Sunday’s Kepak Senior Hurling Championship match in Athleague. Pic: Bernie O’Farrell

Looking ahead to this weekend’s hurling action, there are two games down for decision at Athleague on Sunday. Athleague will be favourites to get the better of Pádraig Pearses at 12.30 pm while Four Roads should continue their winning ways when they face Tremane at 2 pm.

Looking back to last weekend, after their great win against Pádraig Pearses the previous week, Roscommon Gaels were brought back down to earth with a bang when they were deservedly beaten by an impressive Athleague side last Sunday.

The Gaels were very competitive in the opening half and a goal from Finn Killion shortly before the break ensured that there was only two points between the teams at the break, Athleague 0-13 Roscommon Gaels 1-8.

But Athleague pulled away in the second half. Ben McGahon was unerring from the placed ball (he scored 0-15) and Robbie Fallon weighed in with a goal to leave Gary Fallon’s men 12 points ahead at the finish.

Meanwhile, Four Roads are continuing to blaze a trail in the early rounds of the championship. They blitzed Oran on Sunday, winning by a whopping 5-31 to 0-6. It means that Shane Curley’s side have won their two opening fixtures by a combined total of 57 points and they are now the very hot favourites to retain the Mickey Cunniffe Cup later in the year.

St Dominic’s and Tremane played out the most competitive game of the weekend when they drew 1-16 apiece. Tremane’s Jack Naughton scored a late free to give his side a share of the spoils. County players, Tremane’s Niall Kilroy (1-3) and Dominic’s Mickey Joe Egan (1-11), were the scoring stars in what was a very entertaining game.