Game Of The Weekend
Western Gaels v St. Brigid’s at 3 pm in Frenchpark
Both sides lost their unbeaten record last weekend and will be anxious to get back on the winning trail and a place in the semi-finals is still up for grabs from Group A with Roscommon Gaels now in pole position.
Brigid’s were without a number of players last weekend and if the likes of Senan Kilbride, Cathal McHugh and Niall McInerney are not back, Brigid’s will be in trouble.
Western Gaels faded in the second half against Roscommon Gaels but are still a very good side. If Cathal and Finbar Cregg get going up front, Western Gaels can win this at home.
Prediction: Western Gaels
Boyle v St. Faithleach’s at 5.30 pm in Kilglass
Boyle were hugely impressive in their rout of St. Brigid’s last weekend and they should have enough for St. Faithleach’s who had a good win against Pearses last Sunday. There won’t be much in it but Boyle look stronger overall with the Smiths, Cian McKeon, Seanie Purcell, Kieran Cox and Roch Hanmore playing well. The Murtaghs will be hoping to lead Faithleach’s to victory but Boyle look the better bet.
Pádraig Pearses v Roscommon Gaels in Kiltoom at 7 pm
Contrasting fortunes here for both sides in this championship. The Gaels looked very strong at times against Western Gaels while Pearses are struggling with three losses on the bounce. There has to be a kick in Pearses but short some strong players, it would be a surprise if they were to beat the Gaels.
Prediction: Roscommon Gaels.
Castlerea St. Kevin’s v St. Croan’s in Dr Hyde Park at 5.30 pm
This local derby will give the winner breathing space in their battle against relegation.
St. Croan’s had a crucial win against Kilmore at the weekend and that will ease the pressure on them. Castlerea have not been playing too badly but they would be weakened if Darren McDermott is out with injury. There won’t be a lot in this.
Prediction: Castlerea St. Kevin’s
Strokestown v Clann na nGael in Dr Hyde Park at 7.15 pm
Another contender for ‘Game of the Weekend’ and something has to give here as both sides are unbeaten.
Clann are very reliant on Donie Shine for scores and they will be up against it here. Strokestown were not very impressive against Elphin but they got the job done. They should have enough here to edge out Clann.
Kilmore v Elphin at 7.15 pm in Kilglass
This local derby will be hard to predict. Kilmore need a win badly or else they will be in relegation trouble. Elphin are capable of putting on a big score and they should have enough firepower to keep the neighbours at bay.