Friday, September 16, 2022


Michael Lyng Motors Senior Football Championship

Mount Leinster Rangers v Bagenalstown Gaels

Netwatch Cullen Park, Sunday, 1.30pm.

Someone might suggest that this will be a chance for Rangers to get a modicum of revenge for being defeated by the Gaels in the senior hurling semi-final this year. Nothing could be further from the truth. This is a game between the football sides now. Rangers will hardly be facilitated for goals the way they were against Rathvilly. Bagenalstown Gaels seem to be a second half team and would need to remedy this.

If it is tight, Bagenalstown Gaels should prevail but if Rangers get away they are sure to dig in.

Verdict: Bagenalstown Gaels.


Éire Óg v Rathvilly

Netwatch Cullen Park, Sunday, 3.15pm

Éire Óg and Rathvilly have had some great battles in recent years but one will be exiting the Championship at the quarter-final stage on Sunday

What is going on here? This was supposed to be the final. Now one of them is going to exit. Neither side have fired in the championship and between them they collected five group points in six matches.  Éire Óg have excuses in that they have been without key players but Rathvilly are just not firing. It happens. At some stage they will and what better game to find their mojo than against very intense rivals. Éire Óg are hurting too. This will be a battle.

Verdict: Éire Óg



Talbot Hotel Intermediate Football Championship

Grange v Naomh Eoin

Netwatch Cullen Park, Saturday, 6pm

Two hard-earned draws in the group stages for Grange are an indication of a side who will not settle for second best without a hell of a fight. The Myshall side showed great character to  overhaul an eight point deficit in their opening group game against Éire Óg but they have not built on it.

Verdict: Grange


St Patricks v Kildavin-Clonegal

Netwatch Cullen Park, Saturday, 7.45pm

A lot could depend on the weather here. If the ground is wet and slippy, it might suit Kildavin-Clonegal who are better set up to battle and wage war. On the other hand, a dry pitch would facilitate St Patrick’s speedier forwards where Jack Kennedy is hard to mark.

Verdict: St Patricks



Junior Football ‘A’ Championship

Old Leighlin v Leighlinbridge

Netwatch Cullen Park, Friday, 7.15pm.

When Leighlinbridge lost their opening game to Clonmore by a 17 point margin, they looked to be in trouble but they bounced back well to win their next two games and it would be hard to back against them here.

Verdict: Leighlinbridge


Palatine v Tinryland – played on Thursday night, Tinryland won by 3-11 to 3-8.



Other quarter-final fixtures:



Talbot Hotel Junior ‘B’ Championship

Rathvilly v Kildavin/Clonegal, Training Centre, 7.30pm

Ballinabranna v Fenagh, Training Centre, 6.45pm



Talbot Hotel Junior ‘C’ Championship

St Patricks v Palatine, Training Centre, 6.30pm

Mount Leinster Rangers v Leighlinbridge, Training Centre, 6.45pm

By Kieran Murphy

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