Pearses poised to end great St Ronan’s run

King & Moffatt Roscommon JFC A final:
Padraig Pearses v St Ronan’s on Saturday in Dr Hyde Park at 3pm

The Pádraig Pearses Junior football squad, pictured with management and team sponsor Paul Flynn of RosGal Loss Assessors, ahead of this weekend’s Junior Football Championship Final.

It’s certainly a year of unique final pairings in club football in the county. In the Junior A final the two clubs who are furthest apart in terms of distance in the county will meet on Saturday.

Pictured ahead of the Junior A Football Championship Final was Paul Flynn Junior (sponsor) and James Kelly (captain).

Not alone are these two clubs far apart in geographical terms, they are also polar opposites in terms of demographics and make-up. Pearses are a big club with teams in all grades of football, hurling and ladies football, and a club with a growing and vibrant membership.

St Ronan’s have been battling against the odds in terms of playing numbers over recent decades as depopulation and the general decline in rural areas continues. But a small number of dedicated people have kept the club going and they will take the field on Saturday fiercely determined to claim what would be a sensational victory.

Pearses will come into the final as warm favourites. They were beaten in the 2021 final but have had a great 2022 so far. They were promoted from the Tansey Cup and recently won the Division One U-20 title. A lot of the players on this junior team are made up of those talented youngsters.

The St. Ronan’s Junior football squad pictured ahead of this weekend’s Junior Football Championship Final.

By contrast, St Ronan’s will be depending on several players who have given many years’ service to the club jersey and they thoroughly deserve to be in their first final in 26 years. Players like John Keaveney,

St. Ronan’s players Kevin Healy, Liam Killoran, and Tadhg and Fergal Guihen celebrate their Roscommon JAFC semi-final win over Ballinameen. Pic: Bernie O’Farrell

Gary O’Daly, Enda Flynn, Eddie Noone, Thomas McManus, Jason Glynn and Ronan Kelly have been excellent this year and they will hope to match those performances on Saturday.

Pearses will be depending on their young guns to do the business this weekend. Conor Ryan, Sean Canning, Richard Browne and Adam McGreal were in great form in the semi-final win against Strokestown. It looks a very strong Pearses outfit throughout the field.

The vast majority of neutrals will be hoping for a Ronan’s win and if they were to lift the title it would be one of the stories of the year in club football in the county. Pearses, however, look to have too many aces in their pack and they should be good enough to atone for their defeat in last year’s final.

Prediction: Padraig Pearses.