Uphill task for Four Roads

AIB Connacht Club IHC Final
Four Roads v Abbeyknockmoy at Athleague on Sunday at 2 pm

Four Roads will face an uphill task when they face Galway champions Abbeyknockmoy in the Connacht club intermediate final on Saturday. Those of us who are old enough will remember when Four Roads made history in 1988 by defeating Saturday’s opposition in the Connacht club senior final, which was played in Ballyforan, in what was a sensational shock at the time.

   Abbeyknockmoy won the 2015 Galway intermediate title on Saturday last, defeating Moycullen. Four Roads are back in the final for the first time in three years and they will be boosted by a great finish in their semi-final win against Ballyhaunis on Bank Holiday Monday. The Roscommon champions have improved greatly in their last four games and they look a very solid outfit now.

   Noel Fallon is a very accomplished goalkeeper and in defence Micheal Kelly will again be the Four Roads leader. The Four Roads half-back line of Shane Curley, Kelly, and most likely Conor Coyle will be a vital line. All three players have been excellent in Four roads run so far this year.

Johnny Moran and Cathal Dolan will probably be at midfield and up front David Dolan, Jamie Lawlor, Johnny Coyne and Eamon Mulry among others will be hoping to get the scores on the day.

  Abbeyknockmoy will be very hard to beat and now they have won in Galway they will be looking at a Connacht title and beyond too. They defeated Moycullen by 1-16 to 0-13 in the decider last Saturday and they were always in control of that final.

  They have a number of players with Galway inter-county experience not least Paul Flaherty, who was man of the match in the county final, with Brian Flaherty, John Culkin, Calum Mulry and Colman Maher as well.

It would be a huge boost for Roscommon hurling if Four Roads could win a Connacht title and with the match in Athleague they certainly have a chance if all goes well on the day. However, it will be very big ask to overcome a side who would be used to playing at a much higher level. The Galway side should edge it but it could be close.

People Sport Prediction: Abbeyknockmoy.