Club Championship Preview – Hodson Bay Roscommon SFC Round 3:
Brigid’s to edge tight affair
Who’s in Action? Roscommon Gaels v St. Brigid’s (Group A)
Where and When? On Sunday in Ballyforan at 3.45pm
The Story So Far: Roscommon Gaels are through to the play-off stages after wins against Clann na nGael and Castlerea. St. Brigid’s have one win (against Boyle) and one loss (against Padraig Pearses) on the board.
Prospects: This is a very interesting game in prospect. Roscommon Gaels are in bonus territory now after two wins and they can have a go against St. Brigid’s to test themselves against the best without any fear. But the town side will have to improve from their display against Castlerea. Brigid’s have got their act together after a woeful start against Pearses and a lot of their star players are back from injury. Neither side will want to lose this with an eye to later in the year. When the sides met last year in Strokestown it was a cracking game which Brigid’s won narrowly. They might just have the edge this Sunday but it will be close. Prediction: St. Brigid’s
Pearses too hot for Boyle
Who’s in Action: Boyle v Pádraig Pearses (Group A)
Where and When? On Sunday in Tulsk at 2 pm.
The Story So Far: Boyle started with a good win against Castlerea but were brought back down to earth with a bang against St. Brigid’s in round two. Pearses started with an excellent display and win against St. Brigid’s but they were poor against Clann na nGael in the second round.
Prospects: The loss of Conor and Ronan Daly is a severe one for Pearses and if Boyle can get their best team out they have a chance here. The performances of Donie Smith (who is doubtful) and Enda Smith will be crucial to the Boyle chances. The carrot is that a win would probably be good enough for either side to progress to the play-offs. Pearses are the form side and I’ll give them a hesitant vote. Prediction: Pádraig Pearses
Yes, they Clann!
Who’s in Action? Castlerea St. Kevin’s v Clann na nGael (Group A)
Where and When? On Sunday in Ballyleague at 3.45 pm
The Story So Far: Clann started with a narrow loss to Roscommon Gaels but they put the train back on the tack with a good win against Pearses in the second round. Castlerea are struggling as they have lost both games so far against Boyle and Roscommon Gaels.
Prospects: Clann are very keen to show that last year’s success was no flash in the pan and if the likes of Fergal Lennon, Jack Connaughton, Cathal Shine, Ultan Harney and Donie Shine play to their ability there can be only one winner here. Castlerea held Roscommon Gaels until the last few minutes in the last round but a shock looks unlikely here. Prediction: Clann na nGael
Elphin’s luck to change!
Who’s in Action? Michael Glavey’s v Elphin (Group B)
Where and When? On Saturday in Ballinlough at 7 pm
The Story So Far: Elphin need a win having lost twice – to St. Faithleach’s and Strokestown. Glavey’s lost to St. Croan’s but they bounced back to shock St. Faithleach’s in the last round.
Prospects: At home Glavey’s will not be easily beaten. If Andrew Glennon hits top form they are in with a chance. But Elphin’s need is great and they don’t want to lose again and get involved in a relegation scrap. It will be a battle, but Elphin might just edge it. Prediction: Elphin
Strokestown player power to prevail
Who’s in Action? St. Croan’s v Strokestown (Group B)
Where and When? On Sunday in Enfield at 3.45 pm
The Story So Far: St. Croan’s began their campaign with an impressive win against Glavey’s but they were well beaten by Western Gaels in round two. Strokestown have lost heavily to Western Gaels but they won narrowly against Elphin in a high-scoring second round game.
Prospects: Croan’s are a hard-working outfit and they will be determined to cause an upset here. Strokestown have plenty of very good players but their potential has been unfulfilled over the past couple of years. If they turn it on they have the players to win this one. Prediction: Strokestown
Strong Gaels forecast for Frenchpark
Who’s in Action? Western Gaels v St. Faithleach’s (Group B)
Where and When? On Sunday in Frenchpark at 6 pm
The Story So Far: Western Gaels have been impressive in their two wins so far against Strokestown and St. Croan’s. St. Faithleach’s lost to Michael Glavey’s in round two having won their first game against Elphin.
Prospects: There will be a lot of county players on view here. Western Gaels have been very impressive so far and they look strong in every department. St. Faithleach’s will be looking to the Murtaghs to supply the scores but they may be in trouble in defence. Western Gaels should be good enough. Prediction: Western Gaels