Western Gaels and Castlerea highlight of weekend fixtures

  Abbey Hotel O’Rourke Cup   (All games on Saturday at 8 pm)   St. Faithleachs v Padraig Pearses (at Ballyleague) Faithleach’s game against Western Gaels did not go ahead last week while Pearses beat St. Barrys by three points. There is never much between these teams and both have been very prominent in the championship over the past two years. Faithleach’s are strong in Ballyleague and if they have anywhere near a full team, they will be hard to beat. Prediction: St. Faithleachs.   Western Gaels v Castlerea St. Kevins (at Frenchpark) The Gaels were idle last weekend while Castlerea beat Roscommon Gaels by three points in Ballinlough. This should be the game of the night and if both sides field strongly it should be a great contest. I have a feeling that Castlerea might just be a little stronger but there won’t be much in it. Prediction: Castlerea.   Elphin v Kilbride (at Elphin) Another tight match in prospect here. Elphin went down to St. Brigids last weekend while Kilbride were pipped by a point in Kilmore. Both sides will want to get back on the winning trail and Elphin at Orchard Park look the best bet, but it should be close. Prediction: Elphin.   Strokestown v Kilmore (at Strokestown) There are plenty of interesting games on this weekend and this local derby is certainly no different. Kilmore are going along very nicely but are not as effective away from their home ground. Strokestown are a tough side at home and maybe this one might even be a draw. Prediction: A Draw.   St. Barrys v St. Brigids (at Tarmonbarry) Brigids got back on to the winning trail last week and they should win again here this week. Barry’s have played well in almost every league game that they have taken part in but the results are just not going their way. Brigids will simply be too strong here. Prediction: St. Brigids.   Wednesday 4th June   St. Aidans v Roscommon Gaels (in Ballyforan at 8 pm) The Gaels have been struggling with injuries since the league started and against St. Aidans in Ballyforan they will need a strong team out if they want to entertain any notion of picking up the two points. Aidans at home look the better bet. Prediction: St. Aidans.           John Corcoran Menswear O’Gara Cup   All games on Saturday 31st May   Creggs v St. Ronans (at Creggs at 7.30 pm) St. Ronans were beaten by four points by St. Croans last weekend while   Creggs were beaten by Clann na nGael. St. Ronans are improving and have some excellent players but Creggs at home will be hard to beat. Maybe a home win here. Prediction: Creggs.   St. Michaels v Michaels Glaveys (at Cootehall at 8 pm) Michael’s are going along nicely and are training hard for the forthcoming championship. After a bad start Glavey’s are beginning to show signs of form. They will be hard to beat but I’m going for Michael’s to make full use of home advantage.   Prediction: St. Michaels.   St. Croans v Clann na nGael ‘B’ (at Ballintubber at 8 pm) Croans had a good win against St. Ronans last weekend and they should be too strong for Clann’s second string at home. Prediction: St. Croans.   Tulsk v Eire Og (at Tulsk at 8 pm) Eire Og’s game was postponed last weekend while Tulsk were not in action either. Another close game in prospect here but Eire Og look slightly the stronger and should take the points. Prediction: Eire Og.   Monday 2nd June   Clann na nGael ‘A’ v St. Dominics (at Johnstown at 1.30 pm) Clann’s first team are now going well after a poor start to the league and they should be too good for Dominics in Johnstown. Prediction: Clann na nGael.