Mulryan Construction IFC Quarter-Finals
Creggs v Oran on Saturday in Enfield at 5.30 pm
This local derby should be a very entertaining spectacle. If Oran could get their strongest team out they would be title favourites, but they have been hit by injuries once again this year. However, they have some super young players and they played very well against St. Aidan’s a couple of weeks ago. Creggs won two games impressively before running into Tulsk last week. The Dowds and Noel Gately are top-class players but I fancy that Oran might have too much firepower.
St. Dominic’s v Shannon Gaels on Saturday in Strokestown at 6 pm
Dominic’s have recovered well from a shaky start to the championship while Shannon Gaels were the deserving winners against Kilmore last weekend and they are capable of putting up big scores with the likes of Matthew Bourke playing well up front this year. Dominic’s are a well-balanced outfit but are still reliant on stalwarts like Conor Fallon and Mark Miley. This will be close.
Prediction: Shannon Gaels
Tulsk v Éire Óg on Sunday in Frenchpark at 1.30 pm
Tulsk have been playing well again this year but they always seem to slip up just when they look like they will win the title. I have seen them play twice and have been impressed with them so far. Éire Óg have also been doing well but this might just be a step up for them and it would be a surprise if Gerry Lohan’s side do not make it to the last four.
Castlerea St. Kevin’s v Kilbride on Sunday in Elphin at 3.45 pm
Castlerea’s young guns have not put a foot wrong so far this summer as they plan a quick return to senior ranks. Kilbride pipped Kilglass for a place in the last eight but without their talisman Conor Devaney they have struggled to make an impact. It would be shock of the day if Castlerea were to be beaten.
Prediction: Castlerea St. Kevin’s
King and Moffatt JAFC quarter-finals
This weekend will see quarter-final action in the junior championship and Clann na nGael should be good enough to defeat Pádraig Pearses. Ballinameen will also be hot favourites to defeat Western Gaels, while St. Brigid’s will be favoured to beat St. Joseph’s and St. Michael’s should account for Roscommon Gaels.