Now all-conquering Brigids eye the O’Rourke Cup

Abbey Hotel Roscommon O’Rourke Cup Final: Kilmore v St. Brigids (at Kilmore on Sunday, 9th December at 2 pm) Seamus Duke  The Form: St. Brigids have to be the hot favourites on form. Just two weeks ago they were defeated by just two points by Ballina in the Connacht Club Final and on Sunday they secured their sixth Roscommon U-21 title. They are clearly the form team.    However Kilmore have had plenty of time to prepare for Sunday’s game and they will be fresh coming into this final which might be an advantage against a Brigids team that are training non-stop since January. The Managers: Anthony Cunningham (St. Brigids); Gerry Garvey (Kilmore).  The Odds: St. Brigids 1/4 v Kilmore 7/2;  Draw 9/1. Key Players: St. Brigids – Peter Domican, Niall Grehan, Karol Mannion, Mark O’Carroll, Frankie Dolan, Senan Kilbride, Cathal McHugh (if fit).  Kilmore — Derek Connellan, Don Connellan, Paul Garvey, Pat Caslin, Shane Sharkey.  The Call: The match is in Kilmore, which will be an advantage to Gerry Garvey’s men. The worsening weather conditions in recent days will also mean that there might not be a lot between the sides in this final. Kilmore are waiting to play this game for some time so it remains to be seen how hard they have prepared.   On the other hand Brigids players will be fit but they must be getting tired at this  late stage of the season. They have been training almost non-stop since January and Cathal McHugh and a few others are  doubtful, having picked up injuries in recent games.   It is very hard to see Kilmore winning this game. I am mindful of the fact that Kilmore scored a very good win over St. Faithleachs at home earlier in the year in the championship. They are a notoriously hard team to beat on their home patch.   If Brigids can get anything  close to a full selection of players they  must be the odds-on favourites to take another title. However it may be closer than most people think. Prediction: St. Brigids.  * Also this weekend the Tansey Cup Final will  take  place on Saturday between Fuerty and Elphin at Castlerea at 2 pm while on Sunday in Elphin the Division 4 final will take place between St. Ciarans and St. Brigids at 11.30 pm.