Pressure weekend for 8 teams as the last 4 in the Seniors and the Intermediates get down to the nitty gritty of the semi finals. Relegation looms for Intermediates Ballinaglera or Eslin in their playoff which is tomorrow evening at 7pm.
Tomorrow evenings clash in the Intermediates between Aughnasheelin and Aughavas will be a mouth watering opening to the semis. Aughnasheelin are the surprise package in this competition with a big improvement this year compared to recent years. Aughavas are playing well at the moment and will have their hands full to contain this Aughnasheelin team, their experienced heads will be called on if they are to make it to the finals.
On Sunday evening its the favourites Drumreilly meeting St. Marys in another exciting enounter. The second string St. Marys team will be looking to upset the apple cart in this encounter that should draw a good crowd.
The first Senior semi clash is tomorrow evening between St. Marys and Carrigallen. Carrigallen have made a big impact on this years championship with their win over Melvin Gaels and are now in the position of underdogs as they take on the experienced St. Marys. St. Marys will be eager to go all the way this year and they will be calling on their county players to make a big impact to curtail the pacey Carrigallen squad.
The final semifinal of the weekend is the meeting of Kiltubrid and Bornacoola. This game will bring back memories of the final in 2005 for both teams when Kiltubrid ran out clear winners but its a new year and Bornacoola are the only team who to not lost a game to-date in this Championship. Midfield will have a bearing on this game as the County partnership for Bornacoola will be testing opposition for Kiltubrid.
Junior A has only one fixture which is the Quarterfinal replay of Mohill and St. Marys this game ended in a draw last weekend and the semis are expected to be played next weekend.
Junior B is now at Round 4 this weekend with 1 more round to go and Junior C has moved on to round two after the opening round last weekend. Both championships have 4 games each this weekend.
Best of luck to all teams participating this weekend.
24-Aug-07 by Brendan Doyle – PRO